He has spent decades throwing petty lawbreakers, white collar criminals, even members of the Mafia behind bars — yet somehow, Rudy Giuliani has now become the leading contender for Secretary of State rather than U.S. Attorney General.
Should Donald Trump decide to let Giuliani run the State Department the move wouldn’t be entirely out of character for the unconventional President-elect. But as a businessman Trump should know better than to delegate ineffectively; Rudy Giuliani’s strengths lie in prosecution not diplomacy.
Giuliani has already made his own preference pretty clear. At a Wall Street Journal-hosted event on Monday night the former New York City mayor talked animatedly about foreign policy priorities under a Donald Trump administration. The Wall Street Journal reported that Giuliani even suggested “several times that he would be interested in [the] secretary of state post.”
But Giuliani’s knowledge of foreign affairs is largely limited to one event — the September 11 attacks. Though that ordeal did wonders for his approval rating and earned him the title of “America’s mayor”, the global arena demands more than a background in domestic terrorism.
At the Justice Department, however, Rudy Giuliani would feel right at home. In the 1980s he served as Associate Attorney General for Ronald Reagan; he later became U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. In 1985 he rose to prominence during the Mafia Commission Trial for indicting eleven organized crime figures in New York City. Eight of the defendants were found guilty on all charges and sentenced to hundreds of years in prison.
Even as mayor, Giuliani’s strong penchant for law and order continued. To this day he is perhaps most famously known for dramatically reducing crime in New York during the 1990s. If Giuliani were to become the country’s top prosecutor his no-nonsense, aggressive approach to justice would serve him well. But as the nation’s chief peacemaker? Not so much.
Though Donald Trump speaks of "draining the swamp" it's clear now that he truly values loyalty above any desire to clean house. Let's just hope Trump himself stays loyal to what Giuliani does best.
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