The Latest: WV Sen. Machin to stay in Senate

WASHINGTON _ The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump’s transition to the White House (All times EST)

10:32 a.m.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin says he is “humbled” that President-elect Donald Trump considered him to be secretary of energy.

The West Virginian, whose state voted overwhelmingly for Trump last month, said he can best serve the Mountaineer State in the Senate. Manchin is up for re-election in 2018.

Manchin’s comments came after reports that former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been selected to run the Energy Department.


10:04 a.m.

President-elect Donald Trump says he and musician Kanye West talked “life” in Trump Tower.

The two posed for photos after their meeting Tuesday.

Asked why the musician was visiting, Trump said the two were “just friends” and called West a “good man.”

The two did not answer questions on whether West would perform at Trump’s inauguration in January.

West stood silently next to Trump. Asked why he wasn’t speaking, West said: “I just want to take a picture right now.”


9:32 a.m.

President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to lead the Energy Department.

That’s according to two people with knowledge of the decision.

The two-time presidential candidate had been a harsh critic of Trump during the 2016 race, calling him a “cancer to conservatism.” He later endorsed the Republican nominee and said he’d be willing to work in a Trump administration.

One of Perry’s best-remembered moments from his first White House run was when he couldn’t remember in a debate the third of three federal agencies he promised to eliminate if elected. The one he forgot was the Energy Department.

The two people with knowledge of Trump’s pick insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the decision ahead of the official announcement.