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Manchin eyed as potential pick for Energy secretary

Manchin eyed as potential pick for Energy secretary

It is unclear, however, if the Trump White House could pull off such a cabinet shift.

"Senator Manchin has not had any recent conversations with the Administration about the Secretary of Energy position".

"If Manchin were offered and accepted the position, that would allow West Virginia's Governor Jim Justice - a newly minted Republican - to appoint a GOP successor and bring the party a vote closer in the Senate to being able to repeal Obamacare", Bloomberg explained.

Jonathan Kott, a spokesman for Manchin, told Bloomberg that the West Virginia Democrat hasn't been in talks for the job and did not say whether Manchin would take the job if offered to him. Joe Manchin of West Virginia head the Department of Energy, replacing Sec.

Manchin, who was briefly considered for Secretary of Energy, is up for reelection in 2018 in a state that had voted for Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential election by a wide margin. Perry has been rumored to be moved to the Department of Homeland Security or even the Attorney General's office. Perry was an animal science major at Texas A&M, and he advocated abolishing the department during his own presidential bid. The Energy Department's main tasks include overseeing the national laboratories system, conducting research and development, and maintaining the nation's arsenal of nuclear weapons.

Manchin was reportedly considered for the job after Trump's election in November, but Trump eventually nominated former Texas Gov.

Earlier this month, Trump appeared at a political rally in Huntington, West Virginia, where Justice announced that he was changing parties from Democrat to Republican. In a recent interview with the Charleston Gazette-Mail that he won't commit to Democratic policy positions just to win re-election.