U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will step down by the end of the year. This was stated by President Donald Trump on Thursday, a day before a deadline set by congressional Democrats for Perry to turn over documents in the impeachment probe, Reuters reports.
“Rick and I have been talking for six months. In fact, I thought he might go a bit sooner,” Trump said. “But he’s got some very big plans. He’s going to be very successful. We have his successor. We’ll announce it pretty soon.”, Trump said.
Perry said earlier this month that he had no plans to step down, denying a media report that he was expected to announce his resignation in November.
However, Perry handed his resignation letter to Trump. “It has been a tremendous honor to serve our country in your administration in such a meaningful way,” the letter said.
As we reported earlier, the scandal phone conversation between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zrelensky could happen upon the request of Minister of Energy Rick Perry, as Axios informs.
Trump said to the Republicans he made the call to Zelensky at the instance of Perry. The U.S. President assures he did not want to call to the President of Ukraine, as the anonymous sources from the Chamber of Representatives inform.