President Trump Confirms Perry Will Step Down, Cruz Wishes Him Well

Updated to show President Trump confirmation 5:50 pm CDT


October 17, 2019

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has told President Donald Trump that Perry will resign, leaving his post “soon,” which Mr. Trump confirmed Thursday evening.

Perry was traveling with the president to Dallas for a rally on Thursday when he shared the news with the President aboard Air Force One.

Upon arriving in Texas, Trump said he has Perry’s replacement in mind, adding he will be making an announcement about it “shortly.”

Thursday afternoon, Texas US Senator Ted Cruz Tweeted on “the resignation of former Secretary of Energy Rick Perry” that “Rick is a good man and a good friend who has devoted his life to serving his country, especially the great state of Texas…”

“I wish him the best as he returns to private life after a long, successful, and productive career.”

Mr. Perry disputed reports that he was leaving soon in a Wall Street Journal interview on Wednesday.

Perry is one of Mr. Trump’s original cabinet members but has been drawn into a controversy over President Trump’s request for Ukraine officials to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, who was employed by a Ukrainian oil and gas company — a controversy now at the center of an impeachment inquiry by US House Democrats.

Perry has said he had no involvement in pressuring Ukrainian leaders for such an investigation and there is no evidence that he did.