The man under consideration for the United States next Secretary of State carries controversial past.
Republicans made the Clinton Foundation one of the biggest stories of the 2016 election, questioning how the foundation handled foreign donations. But now a new report exposes former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani of far worse.
While few people considered Donald Trump a viable option when he announced his candidacy in June of 2015, former GOP Mayor Rudy Giuliani never had any doubts. Despite deep fractures within the Republican party stemming from lead GOP figures’ opposition of Trump’s White House bid, Giuliani has displayed unwavering loyalty to the now president-elect. The former GOP Mayor has taken up Trump’s banner defending him at every opportunity, even pushing debunked Clinton health conspiracy theories in efforts to derail her campaign. And that loyalty has not gone unnoticed by the Trump camp. Giuliani’s name tops an already short list of Secretary of State potentials.
But is he suitable for the job?
Exiled Iranian Officials Link Giuliani To Group On Terrorist Organization List
According to Politico, in 2011, the Iranian political party Mujahedin e-Khalq (“MEK”) paid the controversial ex-Mayor to give a speech in Washington calling on the US State Department to remove the MEK “from its list of terrorist organizations.” MEK’s terrorist designation was reversed in 2012, following Giuliani’s speech.
Connections between “Giuliani Partners,” Giuliani’s consulting firm, and Qatar have also come to light, raising additional questions about his appropriateness as Secretary of State. Particularly troubling, Giuliani acted as security consultant to Qatar’s state-run oil company. Qatar, a US ally with a major US military base on its soil, has a history of supporting international terrorism. For example, the 9/11 Commission found that Qatar suppressed attempts to arrest Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the reported mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.
Giuliani Remains Secretary of State Favorite
Despite his dubious past and unsettling methods, Giuliani remains the favorite to head the US State Department under President-elect Donald Trump.
Rudy Giuliani is in the running to become the next secretary of state https://t.co/XcO4vmiqMx
— New York Post (@nypost) November 14, 2016
Donald Trump is expected to make an announcement later today on his appointment to the position of Secretary of State. Whether that announcement will be made via the press or Twitter remains to be seen.
Very organized process taking place as I decide on Cabinet and many other positions. I am the only one who knows who the finalists are!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2016
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