NEW YORK (AP/KXAN) — President-elect Donald Trump met with GOP presidential rival Rick Perry at Trump Tower on Monday. Top aide Kellyanne Conway said he was also meeting with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.
She told Fox News on Monday that Perry is a possible contender to lead the Defense or Energy departments and that Fallin is being considered to head the Interior Department.
In a separate interview on CNN, Conway said Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker is “rumored” to be on the list for secretary of state. Mitt Romney, a former Trump critic, has been discussed as a contender for that job as well.
Conway warned against drawing any conclusions from Trump’s meetings. She said: “Not everyone who consults with the president-elect or meets with him is going to be in his Cabinet.”
As Governor for fourteen years, he had an “all of the above” energy strategy and as chief of staff, Ray Sullivan had a front row seat.
“Texas added 2 million jobs, was the biggest producer of oil, gas, and electricity. And at the same time, reduced air pollution from those electric generations,” said Sullivan.
While Texas reaped the benefits of the “hydraulic fracking” boom, Perry also steered state government from 116 megawatts of wind-energy to more than 10,000 megawatts. Now West Texas leads the nation in wind energy.
“Our state government did not get in the way at the same time though, we put common sense environmental rules in place to reduce emissions,” said Sullivan.
But climate change activists rank Rick Perry as one of the politicians most connected to the oil and gas industry, citing his frequent legal fights with the EPA. The CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, was a major Rick Perry donor.
Former Gov. Perry has openly said he’s open to serving in a Trump administration, even though when they were rivals Perry likened Trump to cancer.