Former Texas Governor, and former presidential candidate Rick Perry is reportedly under consideration for a Cabinet post.
President-elect Donald Trump is meeting the former governor at Trump Tower on Monday. According to the Wall Street Journal, Perry is being vetted for a potential job as the Energy Secretary.
Perry made a run for the 2012 Republican nomination for president. Ironically, in a 2011 debate, Perry struggled to remember the Department of Energy as he was counting off the three agencies that he pledged to eliminate if he were to be elected president. “It’s three agencies of government when I get there that are gone: commerce, education, and the uh … what’s the third one there? Let’s see … The third one. I can’t,” he said.
The former governor campaigned for Donald Trump and has long made known his interest in serving on the President-elect’s Cabinet. “The place that I’m passionate about is our veterans and our military, so somewhere in that area,” Perry told reporters at the Republican National Convention in July.
On Wednesday, as speculation rose that he was up for a Cabinet position, he tweeted “Just got a call to #makeamericagreatagain Saddle up & ride, bro!!”
— Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) November 9, 2016
Perry has not always been a fan of the businessman turned politician, delivering a blistering speech about Trump early on in the primaries where he said:
“I have a message for my fellow Republicans and the independents who will be voting in the primary process: What Mr. Trump is offering is not conservatism, it is Trumpism – a toxic mix of demagoguery and nonsense.”
Never to remain quiet in the face of criticism, Trump tweeted a tart response: “Governor Perry failed on the border. He should be forced to take an IQ test before being allowed to enter the GOP debate.”
For now, Trump is impressed with the former governor — and his IQ — and appears to be looking for a place for him in his government.