Energy Secretary Rick Perry notifies President Trump of his resignation

Energy Secretary Rick Perry resigns

An administration official said that U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has formally notified President Donald Trump that he intends to resign.

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Perry was traveling with the president to Texas Thursday when he shared the news aboard Air Force One.

Perry had disputed reports that he was planning to leave the administration in an interview Wednesday with The Wall Street Journal. But he reportedly left the door open, saying he expected to be at the Energy Department at Thanksgiving. He gave a less definitive answer, however, when asked whether he’d be there through the end of the year.

Bloomberg News reported in April that Perry was reportedly planning to leave the Trump administration.

Perry became Energy secretary in 2017.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.