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Trump likely to pick former Gov. Rick Perry to head Energy Department: AP

Posted: 9:59 AM, Dec 13, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-13 10:09:24-05

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to lead the Energy Department, an agency Perry once said he would eliminate.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks about how he supports Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) before he took to the stage during his campaign event at the Noah's Event Venue on Jan. 27, 2016, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks about how he supports Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) before he took to the stage during his campaign event at the Noah’s Event Venue on Jan. 27, 2016, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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.