Rudy Giuliani Removes Himself From Consideration in Trump Cabinet

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Trump called his potential secretary of state pick "a close friend and advisor" in a Friday statement.

Rudy Giuliani has withdrawn his name from being considered for a position in Donald Trump's administration.

The president-elect announced Friday that the former New York City mayor, who is and will remain vice chairman of Trump's transition team, took himself out of the running for a future appointment during a Nov. 29 meeting, choosing to remain in the private sector.

Giuliani, along with reported frontrunner for the position Mitt Romney, was being considered for Trump's secretary of state.

"Rudy Giuliani is an extraordinarily talented and patriotic American," said Trump in the statement, of Giuliani, who has been an avid supporter of Trump's throughout his presidential campaign. "I will always be appreciative of his 24/7 dedication to our campaign after I won the primaries and for his extremely wise counsel. 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." 

Trump continued, "Rudy would have been an outstanding member of the Cabinet in several roles, but I fully respect and understand his reasons for remaining in the private sector."

Giuliani said his decision is based on "what is best for the country and the new administration."

"I joined the campaign because I love my country and because having known Donald Trump as a friend for 28 years and observing what he has been able to accomplish, I had no doubt he would be a great President," he said in the statement. "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."

The statement added that Giuliani was vetted by the transition team for any possible conflicts and "passed with flying colors," and that he remains a close friend and adviser to Trump.

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