Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Monday rejected rumors that he would submit a resignation amid allegations he was involved in the controversy surrounding President Donald Trump and Ukrainian officials, Fox News informed.
“No. I’m here, I’m serving,” Perry said at a news conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, as Politico reported. “They’ve been writing the story for at least nine months now. One of these days they will probably get it right, but it’s not today, it’s not tomorrow, it’s not next month.”
A recent Axios report said that Trump told House Republicans that the called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July based on a recommendation by Perry. The issue involves allegations that Trump put pressure on Ukrainian officials to probe former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, over their business deals in the country. The President has rejected any claims of wrongdoings.
Perry acknowledged pressing Trump to call Zelensky and has rejected claims that he mentioned the Bidens to either leader.
“Absolutely, I asked the president multiple times, ‘Mr. President, we think it is in the United States’ and in Ukraine’s best interest that you and the president of Ukraine have conversations, that you discuss the options that are there,’” he said.
Perry also dismissed allegations that they were pressuring the Ukrainian government to appoint two American businessmen on the board of the state-owned gas company, Naftogaz. He did say he made some recommendations, but only at the behest of that country.