Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry misunderstood the administration post that President-elect Donald Trump nominated him for, the New York Times reported Wednesday.
In a report getting attention on social media, the Times said that Perry accepted the nomination to be Energy Secretary “believing he was taking on a role as a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry that he had long championed in his home state.”
“In the days after, Mr. Perry, the former Texas governor, discovered that he would be no such thing — that in fact, if confirmed by the Senate, he would become the steward of a vast national security complex he knew almost nothing about, caring for the most fearsome weapons on the planet, the United States’ nuclear arsenal” the Times continued.
But Michael McKenna, who at one point was part of Trump’s transition team for the Energy Department, told the newspaper Perry is educating himself.
“If you asked him on that first day he said yes, he would have said, ‘I want to be an advocate for energy,’” McKenna said.
“If you asked him now, he’d say, ‘I’m serious about the challenges facing the nuclear complex.’ It’s been a learning curve.”
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SOURCE: The Hill, Mallory Shelbourne