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Rudy Giuliani opts out of Trump administration

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has told US President-elect Donald Trump that he doesn't want to hold a post in the administration set to take office Jan. 20, the transition team said Friday.

Giuliani, one of Trump's most prominent supporters during the campaign, had been touted as a possible secretary of state or director of national intelligence. The former mayor informed Trump on Nov. 29 that he was removing his name from consideration for a job in the new government, the transition team said in a statement.

The release cited Giuliani as saying that he was ready to focus again on work with his law firm and consultancy. "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," Trump said.

"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," the president-elect said. Giuliani will continue to serve as vice chairman of the Presidential Transition Team.

Published : December 10, 2016

By : European Pressphoto Agency New York