Perry ends final day as Energy secretary

Perry ends final day as Energy secretary
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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 concluded his final day as President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE's Energy secretary on Sunday, thanking his family and the American people in a tweet for allowing him to serve at the agency.

Perry tweeted Sunday that it had been "the honor and privilege of a lifetime to serve in the @realDonaldTrump Administration," adding in a video message attached to the tweet that it had been a "wonderful, fabulous trip" to serve as secretary.

"Well, today's December the first and my last day as the secretary of Energy," Perry said. "I want to tell everyone what a wonderful, fabulous trip it's been for me and my family, and hopefully for the American people as we've become the No. 1 oil- and gas-producing country in the world."

Perry's resignation was announced by Trump at a Cabinet meeting in October, with the president announcing shortly afterward that Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette would be nominated to replace the outgoing secretary.

"I want to thank Secretary of Energy Rick Perry for the outstanding job he has done. He will be leaving at the end of the year to pursue other interests. Rick was a great Governor of Texas and a great Secretary of Energy," Trump tweeted in October.

"He is also my friend! At the same time, I am pleased to nominate Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette to be the new Secretary of Energy. Dan’s experience in the sector is unparalleled. A total professional, I have no doubt that Dan will do a great job!" he added.

Perry joined the Energy Department in March of 2017, shortly after Trump's inauguration, despite campaigning for president in 2012 and famously calling for the department to be abolished at the time.