President-elect Donald Trump cast another prominent Republican figure as he forms his administrative ensemble.
A multiple-term governor of one of the most energy-rich states in the US is slated to lead the Department of Energy.
The selection follows Trump’s choices of strong leaders who support changing the federal government. His energy secretary pick is a former presidential candidate who once pledged if elected to the White House he would dismantle the federal agency.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry stands at the ready to guide a department that addresses US energy, environmental and nuclear challenges.
Trump’s selection follows a meeting with Perry on Monday. New outlets released the news Tuesday morning.
Perry, 66, was governor from 2000 to 2015 and before that was Texas lieutenant governor, agriculture commissioner and state legislator. The US Air Force veteran holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Texas A&M University.
Perry also ran for president in 2012 and 2016, and was critical of Trump during the primaries this year.
While the media is attacking the newfound union of former rivals, Trump has displayed appreciation to former opponents with political experience who aren’t afraid to battle it out on the election trail.
Trump most recently said of Perry that he is “a terrific guy … I know he will have a great future!”
Perry’s future is set to take on the challenges of a federal department with immense responsibility.
Despite its name, the Department of Energy plays the leading role in designing nuclear weapons and in ensuring the safety and reliability of the nation’s aging nuclear arsenal.
About 60 percent of the Energy Department’s budget is devoted to managing the National Nuclear Security Administration, according to The New York Times. That administration defines its mission as enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science.
The administration manages the country’s nuclear weapons stockpile and runs American programs on nuclear nonproliferation and counterterrorism.
Trump continues his gold of tapping leaders who can handle the minefield of bureaucratic opposition that will explode once Trump begins the real dredging of the swamp.
Perry has handled some of the largest issues – immigration, jobs, energy – by successfully leading Texas.
His pick as energy secretary has already set off alarms among liberals. Perry can handle the pressure despite having once forgotten the name of the department during a presidential debate in 2011, and will serve the administration with strength.
h/t: The New York Times