Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has "removed his name" from a list of potential President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet appointees.
It was thought Giuliani was close to being named Trump's secretary of state after months of vocal support on the campaign trail for the president-elect.
People on social media are criticizing both Giuliani and the president-elect.
"Rudy Giuliani is an extraordinarily talented and patriotic American," Trump said in a statement released Friday. "I will always be appreciative of his 24/7 dedication to our campaign after I won the primaries and for his extremely wise counsel. He is and continues to be a close personal friend, and as appropriate, I will call upon him for advice and can see an important place for him in the administration at a later date."
Giuliani, in a statement, said:
"I joined the campaign because I love my country and because having known Donald Trump as a friend for 28 years and observing what he has been able to accomplish, I had no doubt he would be a great President. This is not about me; it is about what is best for the country and the new administration. Before I joined the campaign I was very involved and fulfilled by my work with my law firm and consulting firm, and I will continue that work with even more enthusiasm.
"From the vantage point of the private sector, I look forward to helping the President-elect in any way he deems necessary and appropriate," said Giuliani.
Giuliani will stay on as vice chairman of Trump's transition team.
(The Sinclair Broadcast Group contributed to this report)
The Trump campaign released this statement on the matter.
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