It appears that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani may be officially out of the running for the Secretary of State position under Donald Trump’s administration.
CNN reports that President-elect Trump decided to quietly remove Giuliani’s name from the Secretary of State shortlist. NBC also confirmed this report on Twitter.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani no longer under consideration to be Trump's Secretary of State – @NBCNews
— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) December 9, 2016
The new front-runners on his list now include ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
It’s unclear as to why Trump decided to remove Giuliani’s name from the list.
The former mayor has served as one of Trump’s most loyal, fierce, and more often than not, bizarre political attack dogs during the presidential campaign.
However, Giuliani has been plagued with questions regarding his consulting work for foreign governments such as Qatar and Venezuela, as well as Iranian exiles.
Recently, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has been Giuliani’s loudest critic, telling anyone who would listen that he would not support the former mayor’s nomination.
Paul’s opinion also carries a great deal of weight, mainly because he sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which gives him lots of influence over the state’s confirmation process for Trump’s candidate.
Another name being considered is former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus, who’s best remembered for sharing state secrets with his mistress.
There’s also retired Admiral James Stavridis, and former Ford CEO, Alan Mulally.
While he may not serve any significant role in Trump’s new administration, Giuliani should take heart. At least he and “the Donald” will always have this together, and no one can take it away.
At this point, Romney has become the least crazy and most qualified of Trump’s candidates, which is a testament to the sad state of affairs America’s in right now.
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