Politico reported on Friday that former Major Rudy Giuliani is no longer a contender to be Secretary of State in the Trump Administration. Trump’s transition team said that Giuliani withdrew on Nov. 29 and plans on going back into the private sector rather than try to become the nation’s top diplomat under Trump.
“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,” Trump said in a written statement. “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.”
Reince Priebus, who will be President-elect Trump’s Chief-of-Staff when he takes office, said that Giuliani “was vetted and by our team for any possible conflicts and passed with flying colors.” He added that Giuliani’s business ties were the reason for his withdrawal.
Giuliani himself weighed in on the situation.
“This is not about me;” he said, “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.”