At this point, it’s pretty much common consensus that Energy Secretary Rick Perry is a dumbass — but the full extent of his idiocy once again made itself readily apparent when he was tricked into talking to a Russian prankster he thought was the Ukraine’s prime minister. Yes, really.
Reuters reports that the call, which took place earlier this month, was pulled off by Russian pranksters Vladimir Krasnov and Alexei Stolyarov, who are commonly known as the “Jerky Boys of Russia.”
“These individuals are known for pranking high-level officials and celebrities, particularly those who are supportive of an agenda that is not in line with their governments. In this case, the energy security of Ukraine,” Energy Department spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said in a written statement about the call.
The call lasted a whopping 22 minutes — 21 1/2 minutes longer than Perry spends thinking about the poor in this country annually — and covered a wide range of topics:
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.
While the conversation took on a serious tone, how in the hell could Rick Perry allow himself to be tricked into thinking he was talking to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, with whom he had recently met in person?
Listen to the call below:
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