Former Governor of Texas Rick Perry leaves after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Monday at the Trump Tower in New York, N.Y. (Aude Guerrucci/Abaca Press/TNS)

Former Governor of Texas Rick Perry leaves after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Monday at the Trump Tower in New York, N.Y. (Aude Guerrucci/Abaca Press/TNS)

Rick Perry meets with Trump over possible Cabinet position

WASHINGTON — Rick Perry’s tango with the Trump administration is lasting longer than his appearance on “Dancing with the Stars.”

The former two-time presidential candidate and Texas governor met with President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence at the Trump Tower on Monday, but he still hasn’t been offered a Cabinet position.

Perry did not address reporters after arriving at Trump Tower just after 11 a.m. local time or after departing at 12:30 p.m.

He is reportedly under consideration for Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of Agriculture and Secretary of Energy, the latter a position he once wanted to disband while running for president.

During a presidential debate in 2011, Perry forgot to name the Department of Energy as one of three federal agencies he would eliminate as 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,” Perry said, adding: “Oops.”

“I think Perry is an absolutely logical appointee,” said Jim Riddlesperger, a Texas Christian University professor and Texas politics expert in an earlier interview. “He’s the longest-serving governor in Texas history and has a lot of experience in agriculture policy.”

Riddlesperger said Perry would be well positioned to pass the Senate’s confirmation process because his public and private life has been scrutinized while running for president and governor.

Perry is one of a number of Texans who might wind up with a Cabinet position under President-elect Trump.

Texas agriculture commissioner Sid Miller, Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Dallas and Rep. Michael McCaul of Austin are all under consideration for Cabinet positions.

Trump also met with progressive Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii on Monday. Gabbard was an early supporter of Bernie Sanders and is vocally opposed to trade deals.US

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Students in an after-school community hub move quickly through a social circle as they play a game at the Mission YMCA on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Parents scramble for ‘Summer Together’ spaces

City program offering free camps sees high demand, confusion over enrollment

The San Francisco Giants celebrate team legend Willie Mays' 90th birthday before taking on the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park on May 7, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photography by Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
Willie Mays returns to the ballpark for a special birthday bash

Giants celebrate No. 24’s 90th in an intimate party for a few thousand friends

Legislation introduced by Assemblymember Phil Ting has expanded the range of people who can request a gun violence restraining order against someone. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Use of gun violence restraining orders continues to rise

For the fourth year in a row, the number of gun violence… Continue reading

The Port of San Francisco, which controls much of the The City’s waterfront, faces potential layoffs due to a financial crisis caused by the pandemic. 
Steven Ho/
Special to S.F. Examiner
In a financial ‘crisis,’ SF Port officials lobby for stimulus funding

Looking to right their financial ship, Port of San Francisco officials are… Continue reading

Police Chief Bill Scott on Wednesday said a rebranding and reoganization of the former Gang Task Force amounts to “more than just the name change.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Faced with surge in shootings, Chief Scott reenvisions SFPD’s Gang Task Force

New Community Violence Reduction Team adds officers with community-policing experience

Most Read