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 PerryHow to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian energy Senior 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 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 TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade 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 NielsenTrump quietly rolled back programs to detect, combat weapons of mass destruction: report 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 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.