Rudy Giuliani, former New York City Mayor has withdrawn his name from being considered for secretary of state or any other role in the Trump White House. This was announced Friday by Donald Trump.
“Rudy Giuliani is an extraordinarily talented and patriotic American,” Trump said. “I will always be appreciative of his 24/7 dedication to our campaign after I won the primaries and for his extremely wise counsel.”
Trump stated that Giuliani “continues to be a close personal friend” and will turn to him for advice. Trump also added “can see an important place for him in the administration at a later date.”
SEC OF STATE
Giuliani, initially considered to be a frontrunner for secretary of state, had in recent weeks been overshadowed by other name such as Gen. David Petraeus and Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee.
NOT ABOUT ME
“This is not about me; it is about what is best for the country and the new administration,” Giuliani said in a statement that explained his decision.
The former mayor of New York City after the release of the lewd 2005 Access Hollywood tape was believed to be one of the only surrogates who defended Trump publicly, the campaign said and still remains vice chairman of the transition team.
“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,” Giuliani said. “From the vantage point of the private sector, I look forward to helping the President-elect in any way he deems necessary and appropriate.”
Neil Cavuto Fox News host spoke to Giuliani after it was announced he was withdrawing his name for consideration, asked if he had any bitterness.
“Not at all. I am a very happy man,” Giuliani said, adding Trump “continues to be one of my closest friends.”
The two will go to the Army-Navy game Saturday, said Giuliani.
LIST OF CANDIDATES
Trump’s list of possible candidates for secretary of state has significantly expanded in recent days. The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday afternoon that Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobile, was one of Trump’s latest favorite.