Well, it's not like Trump is obsessed with, "They're laughing at us" or anything. pic.twitter.com/1LZPDSJvq3
— Schooley (@Rschooley) July 26, 2017
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry optimistically discussed expanding American coal exports to Ukraine and other energy matters during a lengthy phone call this month with a Russian prankster who Perry thought was Ukraine’s prime minister.
Perry actually was talking with comedians known in Russia for targeting celebrities and politicians with audacious stunts, Energy Department spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said in a written statement.
Pranksters Vladimir Krasnov and Alexei Stolyarov are sometimes called the “Jerky Boys of Russia,” after an American duo who put out recordings of their prank phone calls in the 1990s. They have made faux calls to British singer Elton John, who thought he was speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and others…
During the 22-minute call on July 19, Perry, whose department oversees the U.S. nuclear weapons program, discussed a range of topics in a business-like tone, including sanctions against Russia and helping Ukraine develop oil and gas.
Perry said the Trump administration opposes Nord Stream 2, a Russian project to bring natural gas to Europe across the Baltic and that U.S. technology could help Ukraine develop gas.
“Giving Ukraine more options with some of our technology is, I think, in everyone’s best interest with the exception of the Russians, but that’s OK,” he said.
Perry also discussed the Paris climate accord and coal exports on the call…
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) July 26, 2017
Just a friendly reminder: Rick Perry is in charge of a department that oversees the U.S. nuclear program https://t.co/K1f4u8Pl3e
— Julie Vitkovskaya (@Julie_Vit) July 26, 2017
Rick Perry's predecessor, Ernest Moniz, has a PhD in theoretical physics. https://t.co/YAgRPVCLxN
— On Trial for ?????? (@ZeddRebel) July 26, 2017
But Moniz looked like some schlubby geek — not the sorta guy Lord Smallgloves wanted to see on his morning Fox News. Bad attitude, too, what with thinkin’ that as a nookalar scientist he might know more about energy and stuff than a real ‘Murican bidniz guy like our Rick!
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