Rick Perry planning to leave Trump administration: report

Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerrySenior Trump administration official to leave post next week Overnight Energy: Trump doesn't mention climate change in speech touting environmental policies | Green groups fight EPA's new FOIA rule | Trump emissions rollback hit with legal challenge Trump touts environmental policies, but says nothing of climate change MORE is reportedly planning to leave the Trump administration, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday. 

The former Texas governor is reportedly finalizing the terms and timing of his departure, two people familiar with his plans told Bloomberg.

Bloomberg reported that Perry's exit is not imminent.

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Perry has reportedly been preparing the agency’s deputy secretary, Dan Brouillette, for the transition. It is unclear whether Trump would tap Brouillette for the position, Bloomberg noted.

Earlier this month, Perry denied reports that he was interested in replacing Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele Nielsen Trump's family separation policy has taken US to 'lowest depth possible,' says former immigration lawyer Four heated moments from House hearing on conditions at border facilities Chuck Todd on administration vacancies: 'Is this any way to run a government?' MORE as the head of the Department of Homeland Security.

Perry has served as Energy secretary since being confirmed in 2017.

The White House referred The Hill to the Department of Energy for comment on Perry's plans. Department press secretary Shaylyn Hynes denied the reports of the secretary's planned departure.

“There is no truth that Secretary Perry is departing the Administration any time soon," Hynes told The Hill. "He is happy where he is serving President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE and leading the Department of Energy.”

Updated April 18 at 9:43 a.m.