By Bonnie K. Goodman
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has taken himself out of consideration for any position in President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet. Trump’s transition team released a statement on Friday afternoon, Dec. 9, 2016, announcing Giuliani’s decision. The former New York Mayor was a top campaign and transition surrogate and advisor for Trump, and he was under consideration for Secretary of State, but he was plagued by possible conflict of interests in his past consulting work that might have affected his confirmation by the Senate. Giuliani requested that Trump remove him from consideration at a Nov. 29 meeting with Trump.
In the statement, Trump praised Giuliani, saying, “Rudy Giuliani is an extraordinarily talented and patriotic American. I will always be appreciative of his 24/7 dedication to our campaign after I won the primaries and for his extremely wise counsel. He is and continues to be a close personal friend, and as appropriate, I will call upon him for advice and can see an important place for him in the administration at a later date.” Continuing, Trump acknowledged, “Rudy would have been an outstanding member of the Cabinet in several roles, but I fully respect and understand his reasons for remaining in the private sector.”
In the Transition’s statement, Giuliani revealed it was his decision not be join the new administration’s cabinet, “This is not about me; it is about what is best for the country and the new administration. Before I joined the campaign I was very involved and fulfilled by my work with my law firm and consulting firm, and I will continue that work with even more enthusiasm. From the vantage point of the private sector, I look forward to helping the President-elect in any way he deems necessary and appropriate.”
The former mayor spoke to Fox News by phone on Friday and revealed he only had wanted the Secretary of State post despite being under consideration for other positions. Giuliani also criticized top Secretary of State candidate Mitt Romney, who was extremely harsh towards Trump’s candidacy and eventual nomination.
Giuliani told Fox News, “I thought Mitt went over the line in the things he said about Donald Trump, and the president-elect is going to make his decision. I will support that decision,” he said. “But my advice would be, Mitt went just a little too far to — you can make friends and make up, but I don’t — I would not see him as a candidate for the Cabinet.”