Rick Perry, secretary of the Department of Energy and former Texas governor, told President Donald Trump en route to a trip to Dallas Thursday that he will leave his position by the end of the year.
Tom Benning is a Washington bureau reporter for The Dallas Morning News, and says Perry had been expected to resign for months.
“Yesterday, President Trump confirmed that Perry gave him a resignation letter on Air Force One,” Benning says. “Then, Perry, later on Thursday evening, released a text of that letter, and also released a farewell video to DOE staff.”
Perry didn’t mention whether the impeachment inquiry was a factor in his resignation. President Trump has said that it was Perry who wanted him to call the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky – a call that’s at the center of the impeachment inquiry.
What you’ll hear in this segment:
– How Perry’s tenure differs from those other Trump cabinet members
– Why Perry is involved in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump
– Why Ukraine was involved in Perry’s work as Energy Secretary
Written by Caroline Covington.