Trump’s Energy Secretary and former Texas Governor Rick Perry just fell victim to one of the greatest pranks of all-time – he took a phone call with a couple of Russian pranksters who pretended to be Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Grosman, and one of his translators.
Turns out, he was talking to just a couple of regular guys whose real names were Vladimir “Vovan” Kuznetsov and Alexei “Lexus” Stolyarov.
How Perry ended up falling for the prank is really disturbing – who is screening his phone calls? These types of calls are supposed to be highly vetted – but it doesn’t appear the correct protections were put in place. It’s a serious breach of national security and Trump’s administration is entirely to blame.
In one hilarious moment, they even brought up the issue of ‘pig manure’ which is supposedly a new biofuel invented by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. They pitched the idea to Perry and he in return said on the call he’d like to get more information about this ‘scientific development.’
A transcript of the call was posted in its entirety to Russian news site Vesti.
What’s interesting to note is that the call lasted an entire 22 minutes. For the entire length of the call, Perry still thought he was discussing issues like Trump’s idea to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and if they could possibly get a cut-rate deal on U.S. coal exports. To this latest question, Perry replied: Maybe. “Negotiation is always possible,’ he told him.
“I hope that stepping away from the Paris accord will not have any negative impact with our relationship with the Ukraine,” Perry said. “We tried to divorce the politics from this and really just let our record stand, one that I’m very proud of.”
Energy Department spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes confirmed the faux phone call took place.
“Secretary Perry is the latest target of two Russian pranksters,” Hynes said in an email. “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.”