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Rudy Giuliani 'favourite for US secretary of state role'

Published 15/11/2016

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani is favourite for the role, currently held by John Kerry under Barack Obama (AP)
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani is favourite for the role, currently held by John Kerry under Barack Obama (AP)

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani has emerged as the favourite to become secretary of state in Donald Trump's administration, a senior official said.

The aide said there is no real competition for the job, and it is Mr Giuliani's if he wants it.

Mr Giuliani has previously ruled himself out as a possible attorney general in Mr Trump's government.

A second official later cautioned that John Bolton, a former US ambassador to the United Nations, remains in contention for the job.

Mr Giuliani, 72, would be a left-field choice to lead the US State Department. A former mayor, federal prosecutor and top Trump adviser, he lacks extensive foreign policy experience.

Known for his hard-line law-and-order views and brusque manner, he would set a very different tone to previous holders of the job, including Mr Trump's ex-rival Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice.

Mr Bolton has years of federal government experience, but he has also raised eyebrows with some of his hawkish stances, including a 2015 column in The New York Times in which he advocated bombing Iran to halt the country's development of nuclear weapons.

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