Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who during the presidential election became a regular source of flat-out lies and over-the-top statements against Hillary Clinton, had his named removed from consideration for a position in Donald Trump’s new administration as the president-elect narrows the field of people he is considering for secretary of state.
During an interview on Fox News, Giuliani suggested that “everyone” commits infidelity and voters would rather have Trump, an “economic genius” who knows his way around the tax code, “than a woman.”
Giuliani’s withdrawal from consideration came after Trump made clear that he was broadening his search for a secretary of state beyond the four “finalists” transition aides had identified, including former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former CIA head David Petraeus and Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, The Huffington Post reported.
In recent days, Trump has expanded his search for a secretary of state to include additional lawmakers and corporate executives, such as Rex Tillerson of Exxon Mobil Corp and Alan Mulally, a former executive at Ford Motor Co and Boeing Co.
Earlier on Friday, CNN, citing an unnamed source, reported that Giuliani was told he was no longer in contention for secretary of state.
Speaking to Fox News, Giuliani said he had met Trump on Friday and they agreed to withdraw his name as the president-elect narrows his choice for secretary of state.
“They’re down to the last two, three, four (candidates), so it made sense to … get out of the way,” Giuliani said in the Fox interview. He said he had been considered for other positions in the Cabinet but was not keen on a role other than State Department.
“That was the only one I had any real interest in. But it wasn’t so overwhelming that I’m terribly disappointed,” Giuliani added, noting that he would continue to act as a friend and informal adviser to Trump.
Asked his view on Romney as a possible secretary of state, Giuliani said he agreed with other “very loyal supporters of President-elect Trump” that “Mitt went over the line” in his criticism of the candidate during the campaign.
“You can make friends and make up, but I wouldn’t see him as a candidate for the Cabinet,” Giuliani said, though he added he would accept whatever decision Trump ultimately made.
Reince Priebus, incoming White House Chief of Staff to the President-elect, said that the former Mayor “was vetted by our team for any possible conflicts and passed with flying colors.” He also said “the team appreciates Rudy’s contributions to the victory and considers him a close friend and advisor.”
In other words, Rudy, “You’re fired!”