AP: Trump selects Rick Perry for energy secretary

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2015, file photo Republican presidential candidate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Defending the American Dream summit hosted by Americans for Prosperity at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Perry, on Sept. 11, 2015, is dropping out of the 2016 race for president. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to lead the Energy Department.

That’s according to two people with knowledge of the decision.

The two-time presidential candidate had been a harsh critic of Trump during the 2016 race, calling him a “cancer to conservatism.” He later endorsed the Republican nominee and said he’d be willing to work in a Trump administration.

One of Perry’s best-remembered moments from his first White House run was when he couldn’t remember in a debate the third of three federal agencies he promised to eliminate if elected. The one he forgot was the Energy Department.

The two people with knowledge of Trump’s pick insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the decision ahead of the official announcement.

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