Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton are the leading candidates to be Secretary of State under President-elect Donald Trump, two people familiar with the process told The Wall Street Journal on Monday.
A final decision, however, could be several weeks away, according to the sources.
“I hope we elect a President who reverses that agreement,” said Giuliani at the Israeli American Council (IAC) conference in Washington in September. “I can’t speak for anyone else. I oppose the agreement because I would never put nuclear material in the hands of a proven homicidal maniac. I consider putting a nuclear weapon in the hands of a country that is dedicated to the extermination of the state of Israel as not being a friend of Israel.”
Giuliani is known for his staunch support for Israel, and has visited the Jewish state several times in the past.
During his tenure as mayor of New York City, the city came under attack on September 11, 2001, and he told Arutz Sheva several months ago that Israel's conduct in the face of ongoing terror inspired him in the aftermath of those attacks.
Giuliani has rebuffed questions about his potential role in the Trump administration, saying on ABC on Sunday, “I have a very, very full life. So it would have to be something where I felt he really needed me and—not that I’d be the only one that could do it, but maybe that I could do it a little bit different or a little bit better than somebody else.”
Bolton declined to comment, and the Trump transition team didn’t respond to the Wall Street Journal’s question for comment.