Rumors circulated Friday that Rudy Giuliani was no longer in the running for Secretary of State. Mr. Giuliani said it was the only position he was interested and rumor has it he was encouraged to take one of the positions in law enforcement which he declined. The former New York City mayor went on Fox News, The Neil Cavuto Show, and later The Five on Friday, to say he took himself out of the running ten days ago, after having submitted to the screening.
On December 3rd,Got News’s Chuck Johnson reported that a source told him that Rudy Giuliani hired a team to vet him for secretary of state and he failed his own team’s vetting.
It is unclear which people Giuliani hired to “self-vet” or which criteria he failed, but, Johnson says, it likely has something to do with his joining the lobbying firm Greenberg Traurig LLP earlier this year, while then-candidate Donald Trump was campaigning to Make America Great Again.
Giuliani’s firm took in money from the Mexican and Turkish governments, Belarusian fertilizer companies, a private institute in Libya run by an Islamic scholar, and much more. Presumably these ties would cause too many conflicts of interest for a Secretary Giuliani.
Whatever the case, Giuliani will not be in Trump’s cabinet though they remain friends and he will help Trump from outside the government.
“My desire to be in the cabinet was great but it wasn’t that great, and he had a lot of terrific candidates and I thought I could play a better role being on the outside and continuing to be his close friend and adviser.”
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— Scott Dworkin (@funder) December 9, 2016
Rudy Giuliani is a big loss, has been a very fierce advocate for Donald Trump and had been considered a favorite for the position.
A lot of Reince Priebus’s people are going into the administration instead of Donald Trump’s advocates – Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich, Larry Kudlow, Steve Moore, and Chris Christie. Goldman Sachs guys are getting some of the jobs. The new frontrunner for RNC Chair is a niece of Mitt Romney’s — Ronna Romney McDaniel — she’s a swamp critter. Andrew Puzder, who was selected for Labor Secretary, is highly supportive of foreign workers.
Giuliani is said to have fallen out of favor after pitching himself for the position on TV.
Donald Trump issued a statement.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 9, 2016