Following Donald Trump’s victory, conventional wisdom was that Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, and Chris Christie were all under strong consideration for top posts. As it turns out, those in the mainstream media who got everything wrong about this past election were also wrong about what would happen next.
Giuliani in particular was the first big candidate to be floated as Secretary of State – before Rex Tillerson ended up being nominated for the position. Giuliani later said he actually turned down two cabinet offers. Now, Giuliani is getting a position at last – and it’s in a line of work those at the Democrat National Committee desperately need.
As NPR reported: The Trump team announced Thursday that Giuliani will “be sharing his expertise and insight as a trusted friend” on cyber-security matters. Giuliani was a surrogate and adviser to Trump during the campaign. He had reportedly been under consideration for a variety of high-level posts in the new Trump administration, including Secretary of State, a job he expressed interest in. But no such high-level post was offered.
Now, Giuliani will be leading a team of experts from the corporate world because of his “long and very successful government career in law enforcement, and his now 16 years of work providing security solutions in the private sector,” according to a statement issued by the Trump transition office.
Cyber security has emerged as a key issue for the Trump team. U.S. intelligence agencies have fingered Russia for hacking email servers at the Democratic National Committee with the aim of helping the Trump campaign. Trump on Wednesday conceded Russia was behind the hacks (although it “could have been others,” he said), but he denied they helped win him the election. He said he would create a panel that would recommend within 90 days steps to take to end what he called the new hacking “phenomenon.”
Giuliani will initiate the process of of getting input from private-sector leaders to address cyber security. Of course, corporations have not been immune from hacking either, as customers of Target and Home Depot who had their credit accounts stolen can attest or Sony Corporation.
Giuliani explained on Fox & Friends this morning that “The idea here is to bring together corporate leaders and their technological people. The president will meet with them on an ongoing basis, as well as anybody else in the administration. I’ll coordinate the whole thing. I’ll get the people in, make sure the meeting takes place, make sure they get the information from the private sector.”
Last year, Giuliani moved into cyber-security when he became the global chair of Greenberg Taurig’s cybersecurity and crisis management practice.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]