Although it would seem that Rudy Giuliani has been pushed back to the sidelines following Donald Trump’s election despite his strong support for the candidate, the former mayor of New York City revealed that he was actually offered a cabinet position in the new administration. However, Giuliani noted that he turn down the offer due to personal reasons.
Ever since the presidential campaign, Giuliani, along with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie have been solid supporters of Trump. During the instances when liberals and the Democratic Party would launch character attacks on Trump, these two were always in the frontlines to defend him.
However, after Trump was elected president, the attention of the media shifted on his cabinet picks. As Trump began naming the key individuals that he wants for his administration, it became apparent that Giuliani and Christie were not among the top candidates.
But, as noted by Giuliani, Trump actually offered him the secretary of state position before it was given to Rex Tillerson of ExxonMobil. Although the former New York City mayor would love to take the job, he decided to turn down the offer.
“He offered me some cabinet positions, which I’m very, very thankful for,” he said according to The Hill. “It just didn’t work out in terms of my private life.”
“[If] he offered me jobs that probably at a different time in my life, I would have taken in a minute,” he added. “They’d be a great honor.”
Aside from maintaining a private life, Giuliani also cited his busy professional career overseeing a law firm as one of the reasons why he decided not to take the cabinet position.
Like Giuliani, Christie was also listed as a candidate for several positions including secretary of Homeland Security, attorney general and White House chief of staff. But, after he was removed from Trump’s transition team, he was appointed as a chairman of the Republican National Committee instead.