Perry denies he is planning to resign

Perry denies he is planning to resign
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Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryNew Energy secretary cancels Paris trip amid mass strikes against Macron proposal Mellman: The 'lane theory' is the wrong lane to be in Overnight Energy: Critics call EPA air guidance 'an industry dream' | New Energy secretary says Trump wants to boost coal | EPA looks to speed approval of disputed industry pollution permits MORE on Monday denied reports that he will leave the Trump administration in November.

“No. I’m here, I’m serving," he said when asked about a recent Politico report at a news conference in Lithuania.

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“They’ve been writing the story for at least nine months now. One of these days they will probably get it right, but it’s not today, it’s not tomorrow, it’s not next month,” he added.

The Department of Energy has also denied reports of Perry’s departure.

Politico cited three sources close to Perry saying he would announce his departure next month.

The report came just days after the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee sent questions to Perry related to his travel to Ukraine amid scrutiny of the Trump administration's dealings with that country.

 
Perry said on Monday that he "absolutely" requested Trump call Zelensky to discuss energy, not former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Democratic strategist: 'Medicare for All' exposes generational gap within party Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations MORE or his son Hunter. That July 25 call between Trump and Zelensky has become the focal point of the impeachment inquiry.
 
“I asked the president multiple times, ‘Mr. president, we think it is in the United States' and in Ukraine’s best interest that you and the president of Ukraine have conversations, that you discuss the options that are there,’” Perry said at the news conference.
 
Perry traveled to Lithuania on Sunday with Energy Department officials for meetings on “regional energy cooperation in nuclear, renewables and fossil fuels,” according to his Twitter account. He described the meeting as a way to work with Lithuania, Latvia and Estonian allies to “chart their energy future.”
 
The meeting for the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy Cooperation included a meeting between Perry and Ukraine Energy Minister Oleksii Orzhel.
 
“The United States strongly supports Ukraine and Poland’s effort to enhance regional energy security,” Perry tweeted“Opening greater access to Ukraine’s storage will allow increased commercial activity to leverage the increased supplies and seasonal spreads in European gas markets. Enhancing interconnectors could mean that one day Ukraine can supply its neighbors with new domestic production.”
 
Updated at 2:39 p.m.