Energy Dept denies report that Rick Perry is planning to leave Trump admin

 Energy Dept denies report that Rick Perry is planning to leave Trump admin

The Department of Energy on Wednesday night denied a report that Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryGas prices could rise 15 to 30 cents following Saudi attack Trump envoy presses Saudi Arabia to allow nuclear inspections Perry confident energy market 'will rebound positively' after Saudi oil attack MORE is planning to leave his position as secretary of the agency. 

“There is no truth that Perry is departing the Administration any time soon," Department of Energy press secretary Shaylyn Hynes said in a tweet. "He is happy where he is serving President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE and leading the Department of Energy."

The statement from Hynes came shortly after Bloomberg News reported that Perry was planning his exit from the Trump administration. Bloomberg News, citing two people familiar with the plans, said that the former Texas governor was finalizing the terms and timing of his departure. 

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The outlet noted that Perry's departure was not imminent, and that he was preparing the agency’s deputy secretary, Dan Brouillette, for the transition. 

Perry has served as the head of the DOE since being confirmed in March 2017. 

He said earlier this month that he had no interest in replacing Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenPence taps former DHS spokeswoman as his new press secretary DHS officials called lawmaker visit to migrant detention facility a 'Hill stunt' White House fires DHS general counsel MORE as Homeland Security secretary following her resignation. 

"I’m happy where I am and the president is happy where I am," Perry told Bloomberg News.

His comments came after The Washington Post reported that Perry was among a list of possible candidates to be nominated to replace Nielsen.