NYT story casts critical eye on Rick Perry’s qualifications for energy secretary

A New York Times story published Wednesday pointedly describes the degree to which former Texas Gov. Rick Perry misunderstood the job of energy secretary when he accepted President-elect Donald Trump’s offer in December.

The story says Perry believed he would be a “global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry.” Instead, he discovered his new role would make him “steward of a vast national security complex he knew almost nothing about” — including overseeing America’s nuclear arsenal.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry smiles as he leaves Trump Tower in New York in December 2016. Photo by Kathy Willens, Associated Press

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry smiles as he leaves Trump Tower in New York in December 2016. Photo by Kathy Willens, Associated Press

Perry will begin the confirmation process on Thursday. His qualifications are expected to be a key topic of the hearing. When Perry ran for president in 2012, he wanted to eliminate the Energy Department. During one debate, he forgot the name of the agency in what would become his “oops” moment.

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