It’s official, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will not serve in President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet, according to a statement released Friday.
Giuliani reportedly removed his name from the running Nov. 29 after being fully vetted by the campaign, Fox News reported. He is serving as vice chairman for the president-elect’s transiition team and was rumored to be a top pick for secretary of state, attorney general and national security advisor.
“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,” Giulianitold Fox. “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 Trump statement said Giuliani removed his name from the running Nov. 29. It’s unclear why the Trump campaign waited until now to release the news, the Daily Mail reported.
But CNN reported this flip is just the latest sign from Trump’s Administration that longtime loyalists are being shut out and replaced with other conservatives. CNN said the hiring ofReince Priebus, former Republican committee chairman, illustrated the administration’s tendency toward bringing in “proven” establishment Republicans over early Trump backers.