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Will Sen. Joe Manchin be tapped as the new Energy Secretary?

Written by  Leslie Eastman

Trump may reschuffle the deck to get another GOP senate vote.

President Trump is clearly unhappy with the US Senate’s lack of legislative progress on the repeal of Obamacare.

After three maverick senators shot down a key repeal vote, Trump may now resolve this political problem using an intriguing “Art of the Deal” technique: Reshuffling the deck.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) has been rumored to be President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Energy in order to free up his Senate seat.

Trump wants Manchin’s seat open so it can be filled by Gov. Jim Justice, who recently changed party affiliations and became a Republican, so that a Republican can fill Manchin’s seat in order to vote for a repeal of Obamacare…

Conveniently for the former Texas governor, a critical spot has just opened up on Trump’s cabinet.

Perry, the current Energy secretary, has also been floated as a possible replacement for former Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. Kelly became President Trump’s chief of staff in July.

It appears that Perry would likely accept this reassignment.

Sources close to Trump’s energy transition team told the Washington Examiner that Perry’s selection for homeland security is credible because the Energy Department was never Perry’s first choice.

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