While many Americans are awaiting news of the next person to be nominated to a position in President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration, there was instead an announcement today of one individual who will not be receiving a high-level post.
According to Reuters, it would appear that former New York City mayor and staunch Trump loyalist Rudy Giuliani is no longer under consideration for the position of secretary of state.
The announcement actually originated with CNN, who cited an unnamed source with knowledge of Trump’s shrinking shortlist for the top diplomatic spot (video below).
The New York Post reported that the shortlist for head of the State Department has now been narrowed down to 2012 GOP presidential nominee and harsh Trump critic Mitt Romney, Mobil Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson and former Ford CEO Alan Mulally, with retired Gen. David Petraeus and Republican Sen. Bob Corker still retaining an outside shot at the coveted appointment.
Just reported on @CNN: Exxon Mobile CEO Rex Tillerson moving up the list as possible SOS. Rudy Giuliani told he will NOT be getting the job.
— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) December 9, 2016
It was suggested that Giuliani’s foreign business entanglements and paid speeches had complicated matters for him, matters which were reportedly made worse when Giuliani seemed to publicly pitch himself as the best person for the job during a Wall Street Journal forum in November.
Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin also announced that Giuliani could have been offered the top spot at the Department of Homeland Security, but that the former mayor had not been spotted going in or out of Trump Tower for the past two weeks.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 9, 2016
The DHS secretary position was instead offered to retired Marine Gen. John Kelly.
You can watch CNN’s report here:
It remained unclear at this time what, if any, position will be offered to one of Trump’s most loyal supporters all throughout the grueling campaign season.
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