Following a brief row which witnessed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ousted as head of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team and replaced with running mate Mike Pence, unconfirmed reports are suggesting the New York businessman is considering nominating former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as America’s next top diplomat.
Credited with turning around the fortunes of the Big Apple as mayor from 1994–2001, Giuliani, the first Republican mayor of New York since John V. Lindsey, orchestrated a dramatic reduction in violent crime through the police practice of the “Broken Windows” policing strategy.
Similarly, Giuliani expanded school choice through vouchers, relaxed the enforcement of immigration laws, pushed through the city council recognition of domestic partnerships and supported some forms of gun control. Giuliani left office following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with a 79 percent approval rating from New York residents.
Prior to becoming mayor, Giuliani served as an Associate Attorney General under President Reagan and then became the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
In his role as Assistant U.S. Attorney, Giuliani successfully prosecuted Wall Street offenders, Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken, and targeted New York’s organized crime figures from the notorious “Five Families.” Giuliani’s efforts secured indictments and convictions of eight top leaders of New York’s syndicates.
Following his exit from Gracie Mansion, Giuliani briefly considered a bid to replace the New York Senate seat vacated by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, but withdrew over personal issues. The seat eventually went to Hillary Clinton.
Giuliani formed a short-lived exploratory committee for president in 2007, but bowed out early in 2008 after a poor showing in the Florida GOP primary.
After dropping his presidential bid, Giuliani practiced law and became a security consultant, but has remained on the national stage campaigning for various Republicans in election cycles.
An early supporter of New York businessman Donald Trump, Giuliani often accompanied the real estate mogul and became Trump’s chief defender, often delivering sharp rebukes on Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton.
The anonymous source also told Reuters that former U.S. Ambassador to the UN during the George W. Bush administration, John Bolton, is also being considered by Trump for the role and U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama may be chosen as defense secretary.
At a forum on Monday in New York, Giuliani said his first foreign policy priority would be to defeat ISIS, followed by Middle East peace negotiations, cooperation with Russia, trade talks with China and ending the Iran nuclear agreement.
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