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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks before Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump takes the stage during a campaign rally, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Sources say Rudy Giuliani is likely to be the next US secretary of state


Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is likely to be President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources.

He has not been formally named to the position. Trump's aides have also considered former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton for the role. 

Selections for Trump's cabinet are expected to pick up speed after Vice President-elect Mike Pence arrives in New York City to take over Trump's transition team. 

But a person who is actively working with the transition team urges caution, telling Circa that just because a name is being leaked to the press doesn't mean that the person is in the mix for the position since ,"there's barely a short list [for cabinet appointments]." 

A spokesman for Trump did not have any comment on what position if any Giuliani is likely to have in the administration. Giuliani was a top Trump surrogate frequently appearing on TV and with Trump on the campaign trail.

What this could mean

Trump has called for significant changes in how the United States deals with allies -- most significantly, implying that NATO allies should ensure they have paid their debts to the U.S. before expecting aid.  

Giuliani also said Russia is both "friend and foe," a significant departure from the policies of past administrations. 

He was also under consideration for attorney general, given his legal background, but said he won't take the job, Fox News reports.

The responses to The Hill tweet on Giuliani's prospects were pretty hilarious.

Russia is an adversary "because we made it that way."

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