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Rick Perry returns to Trump Tower for another Cabinet interview

Former Gov. Rick Perry will meet with Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York Monday afternoon as the president-elect closes in on his choice for secretary of energy.

Trump’s meeting with Perry will be his last of the day, according to the Presidential Transition Team.

Earlier in the day, Trump will meet with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from coal-rich West Virginia, who has also been mentioned as a potential choice to lead the Energy Department, and U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Montana. While Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, has not been talked about as a potential energy secretary, the congressman was characterized as an expert on energy policy on the Presidential Transition Team’s morning conference call with reporters Monday, perhaps suggesting he is in the mix as Trump’s choice for the Cabinet spot.

Other potential candidates for energy secretary, according to a Sunday report in Bloomberg Politics, which gave the edge to Perry, include U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota, and Ray Washburne, a Dallas investor and former national finance chairman for the Republican National Committee, who was the vice chairman of the Trump Victory fundraising committee.

Perry, who ran twice for his party’s nomination for president, met with Trump at Trump Tower on Nov. 21, but that discussion focused on homeland security, illegal immigration and border issues, according to Jason Miller, a spokesman for the Transition Team.

Perry and Washburne also met with Trump at Saturday’s Army-Navy football game in Baltimore.

Perry has also expressed an interest in serving as secretary of veterans affairs, a Cabinet spot that has yet to be filled.

Trump began Monday meeting with another former presidential rival, Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, who The New York Times reported was being considered for the job of director of national intelligence.

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