Rick Perry Denies Resignation Reports While Facing Questions On Ukraine Call

October 8, 2019

Energy Minister Rick Perry denied a rumor on Monday that he would resign because he played a role in the controversy surrounding President Trump and Ukrainian officials.

“No. As Peritico reported, Perry said at a press conference in Vilnius, Lithuania: “I am here, I am in service. They have written stories for at least 9 months. One of them, they are likely to understand this. Yes, but this is not today, not tomorrow, nor next month. ”

Politico has reported that Perry is expected to announce his resignation at the end of November.

A recent report from Axios said that Trump told House Republicans that he called Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky in July, according to Perry’s suggestion. The focus of the issue is to accuse Trump of putting pressure on Ukrainian officials to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunt to investigate their business in the country. Trump repeatedly denied what he did wrong.

The former governor of Texas admitted to urging Trump to call Zelensky, but denied that he mentioned the Biden family to any leader.

“Of course, I have asked the President many times, ‘Chairman, we think it is in your interest to have a dialogue with you and the President of Ukraine, and to discuss the options that exist there, which is in the best interest of the United States and Ukraine.’” He said.

He also denied pressure on the Ukrainian government to appoint two American businessmen on the board of the state-owned gas company Naftogz. He did say that he made some suggestions, but only at the request of the country.