Trump announces departure of Energy Secretary Rick Perry

AFP
October 18, 2019

Departure of Energy Secretary Rick Perry: US President Donald Trump said 'Rick has done a fantastic job at Energy but it was time -- three years is a long time.'

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WASHINGTON: Donald Trump said Thursday Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who has been caught up the impeachment probe engulfing the US president, was standing down, marking the latest departure of a senior figure from the administration.

"Rick has done a fantastic job at Energy but it was time -- three years is a long time," Trump said, speaking in Texas. "We already have his replacement."

The announcement came a day after the publication of an interview in which Perry said that -- on TrumpĀ“s orders -- he had communicated with the presidentĀ“s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani over alleged corruption in Ukraine.



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