First published: January 3, 2017, 10:09 AM IST | Updated: 27 mins ago
Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue arrives for a meeting with US President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York on November 30, 2016.(Image: Reuters)
New York: US President-elect Donald Trump has tapped former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be Agriculture Secretary, local media reported on Monday.
After weeks of speculation, Perdue had become the favourite to take over the agriculture portfolio, according to members of the presidential transition team cited by the news website politico.com.
Perdue, 70, governed Georgia from 2003-2001, and two weeks after Trump’s victory in the November 8 election, he travelled to New York to be interviewed by the President-elect at Trump Tower, EFE news cited CNN.
The anticipation of Perdue’s nomination had been rising in recent days, despite the increase in voices calling for Trump to appoint a Latino to the agriculture post to quell criticism over the lack of diversity in his picks for his Cabinet and other top government posts so far.