Back in 2016, when speculation was rife regarding newly chosen President-Elect Trump’s picks for the “big jobs” of State, former New York Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, was tapped to be named as Secretary of State. It was almost considered a “shoe-in”. At a Washington event sponsored by the Wall Street Journal, Giuliani openly stated that he “won’t be Attorney General”. And as it turned out, the former Mayor did not take a position.
He said during a phone interview with Fox: “I decided … that the whole thing was becoming … very difficult for the president-elect, and my desire to be in the Cabinet was great, but it wasn’t that great and he had a lot of terrific candidates.”
But after recent events that have left Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, in the media firing line regarding “undisclosed connections”, President Trump told the New York Times that “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else.”
Many sources are predicting a surprise resignation. This prediction was compounded when President Trump made mention of his “beleaguered AG” in a recent Tweet. The President was showing his frustration with the lack of investigation into crimes for which (he suggests) evidence exists: “After 1 year of investigation with Zero evidence being found, Chuck Schumer just stated that “Democrats should blame ourselves, not Russia,” later saying “So why aren’t the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillary’s crimes & Russia relations?”
Former Mayor, Giuliani has long been a staunch supporter of the President, and sources within the White House (speaking to Axios) said that in meetings with staff, the President was pondering bringing in a more supportive team…including Giuliani.
But what does this mean for the Executive as a whole? Reporters are noticing that the President is surrounding himself with loyalists, which is regarded as a move to run the Executive as a “Quorum of Power”. Opinion is divided as to whether this will benefit the President in the 2018 Senate elections, but most commentators believe a concentration of support in the White House will enable the President to run a smoother operation.
Rudy Giuliani is also seen as the smart choice for being a “Trump Advocate” in New York. The Democrats have already begun campaigning for 2020 (but as of yet have no candidates), and the President himself has already begun fundraising; with Giuliani running the electoral ground game in New York State, it’s possible that Trump could actually increase his vote share.
Mark is a political writer and journalist who has worked on campaigns for Brexit.