Rick Perry Tricked Into Fake Interview With Russian Comedians

The U.S. energy secretary thought he was speaking to Ukraine’s prime minister.

July 26, 2017 8:43 am
Former Texas governor and GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry speaks to supporters during a town hall campaign event aboard the USS Yorktown on June 8, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)
Former Texas governor and GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry speaks to supporters during a town hall campaign event aboard the USS Yorktown on June 8, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)

A pair of Russian comedians known for pranking high-profile celebrities successfully duped U.S. energy secretary Rick Perry into a 22-minute phone call discussing American coal exports and various other energy matters, Reuters reports.

Vladimir Krasnov and Alexei Stolyarov, referred to by some as the “Jerky Boys of Russia,” have made fake calls to A-listers like Elton John, who thought he was on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, among others.

“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 to Reuters.

Audio of the embarrassing exchange was later uploaded to the internet, where it was first reported on by E&E News.

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