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Giuliani Received Millions From Foreign Dictators, Qatar, Iranian Group, Venezuela

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Giuliani Received Millions From Foreign Dictators, Qatar, Iranian Group, Venezuela

In the wake of the bewildering rise of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States, world leaders watched America fall into two broad camps: those who hope that the United States will muddle through the next four years, and those who are eager to see Washington’s international standing and influence unravel.

The latter outcome could be averted if Mr. Trump selects an experienced and conscientious leader as his top diplomat. That would require appointing someone other than Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor, who is reported to be the front-runner for the job.

Giuliani lacks any substantive diplomatic experience and has demonstrated poor judgment throughout his career. He would be a dismal and potentially disastrous choice. Indeed, as he became Mr. Trump’s most bombastic champion, Mr. Giuliani at times appeared unhinged.

Additionally, his paid consulting gigs for foreign governments would present conflicts of interest as the nation’s top diplomat that would make the Clinton Foundation look trifling.

According to Politico, Giuliani has made over $74 million as a lawyer and consultant for foreign clients, including governments at odds with U.S. foreign policy. When some of those ties surfaced amid Giuliani’s own presidential bid in 2007, they were considered to pose an unprecedented number of ethical quandaries for a potential commander in chief.

However, Politico notes, Giuliani’s questionable business ties have been eclipsed by Donald Trump’s own web of business entanglements, which are still not completely known to the public. Giuliani’s participation in Trump’s transition and contention for the job of secretary of state poses a direct challenge to Trump’s promises to root out Washington self-dealing and ban his administration’s officials from lobbying for foreign governments.

Rudy Giuliani.  | Sreenshot/Youtube

Rudy Giuliani. | Sreenshot/Youtube

For a taste of Mr. Giuliani’s foreign policy misadventures, consider his 1982 visit to Haiti as an associate attorney general. He preposterously proclaimed that there was “no political repression” on the island, which was then ruled by President Jean-Claude Duvalier, a tyrant. As mayor, he dabbled in petty diplomacy in 1995 by having the Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat ejected from a New York Philharmonic concert celebrating the United Nations.

The extent of Mr. Giuliani’s international experience has been largely limited to giving speeches and consulting work.

Politico reports that, in 2011, an Iranian political party called the Mujahedin e-Khalq, known as the MEK, paid Giuliani to give a speech in Washington calling on the State Department to remove the group from its list of terrorist organizations. The MEK recruited a host of other formal officials to its cause and succeeded in reversing the terrorist designation in 2012.

Giuliani’s consulting firm also advised Qatar’s state-run oil company on security at a natural gas plant, The Wall Street Journal reported. According to the 9/11 commission report, Qatar stifled an attempt to arrest Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, who went on to mastermind the Sept. 11 attacks.

The same firm, Giuliani Security & Safety, provided security advice to a Singapore gambling project on behalf of a tycoon close to the North Korean regime who is considered an organized crime figure by the U.S., according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.

Giuliani also advised TransCanada, which sought to build the Keystone XL pipeline that President Barack Obama rejected but Trump has said he wants to approve. And Giuliani helped the maker of the OxyContin painkiller, Purdue Pharma, settle a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation with a fine.

The Associated Press also reported that a Houston-based law firm Giuliani joined as a named partner lobbied in Texas for Citgo, the U.S. subsidiary of the Venezuelan state oil company then controlled by President Hugo Chavez. The firm also worked for Saudi Arabia’s oil ministry, according to the report.

The Clinton Foundation has been hounded by Republican suspicions of selling access to Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, and the nonprofit did accept big bucks from foreign governments. But, unlike Giuliani, she never personally profited from the foreign contributions to her charity, and there’s no proof she ever made an official act to benefit a foundation donor.

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