Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is serving as the designated survivor for President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Administrations always select a designated survivor from the presidential line of succession to stay away from the State of the Union address in case of a catastrophic attack on the nation with all its leaders present. Trump’s administration has chosen Perdue to fill the slot, according to a press release.
.@johnrobertsFox reports that tonight’s designated survivor is AG Secretary Sonny Perdue
— Alex Pappas (@AlexPappas) January 30, 2018
Perdue will watch the address from a secure, undisclosed location. He is a former Georgia governor, and was selected as Trump’s agriculture secretary in January 2017. Perdue has ruffled feathers at the Agriculture Department by banning employees from working from home, as well as being a major defender of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is tonight’s “designated survivor” and will not attend the State of the Union but rather will watch it in a secured facility. pic.twitter.com/axXoCkllMa
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 30, 2018
Perdue has also pushed to repeal the strict school lunch standards implemented under former President Barack Obama.
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