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    US President-elect has officially nominated former Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry as a US energy secretary.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US President-elect Donald Trump has officially chosen former Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry as his nominee for US energy secretary, Trump's transition team said in a press release on Wednesday.

    "As the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry created a business climate that produced millions of new jobs and lower energy prices in his state, and he will bring that same approach to our entire country as Secretary of Energy," Trump is quoted as saying in the release.

    Trump noted that Perry will help the administration take advantage of the natural resource deposits throughout the United States in order to make the country energy independent and create more wealth.

    Perry called his nomination a "tremendous honor" and noted that he looks forward to developing an energy policy that creates jobs and puts America first.

    Perry's nomination will need to be confirmed by the US Senate.


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