Giuliani says he’ll probably endorse Trump
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani will probably endorse Donald Trump for president, but wants to “think about it a little bit more” beforehand.
“The way I look at it, there really are only three people who will be the next president of the United States. One’s Hillary Clinton, the other’s Donald Trump, and the third is Ted Cruz,” he said at a Monday night event hosted by the Columbia University College Republicans on campus.
A recording of Giuliani's remarks was obtained by POLITICO New York.
“So I’ll choose between those three," he said. "I’ll give you a hint: it won’t be Hillary Clinton. I seriously doubt it will be Ted Cruz. But I just want to think about it a little bit more before I do anything formally."
"I think that you gotta pick," he said. "This is the hand you’re dealt, and you’ve gotta work with it. You’ve gotta pick one of those three."
Trump has consulted with Giuliani during his campaign, The Washington Post reported in February.
("It’s an open line, him to me, me to him," Giuliani told the paper then. "You know, he’s very good.")
Giuliani, who served two terms as mayor and sought the Republican nomination for president in 2008, said he would “definitely” endorse someone, “probably before the New York primary.”
In response to a separate question after his speech, Giuliani said that the current mayor, Bill de Blasio, has recently been "more attuned" to the sorts of quality-of-life issues he focused on during his own mayoralty.
"I have noticed in the last couple of months he has tried to be more attuned to things like cleaning up the streets and getting rid of some of the homeless and trying to show up on time for things," he said.
(Earlier this month, de Blasio had police and sanitation workers throw out the belongings of a homeless woman who he said had "an extraordinary amount of possessions" and was causing problems.)
Giuliani also said de Blasio was "vulnerable to a challenger."
"Remember, he won a very strange race," Giuliani said. "He won a race in which he was one of four Democrats. He was the only one that was really left-wing. They all ran bad campaigns. He doesn’t have, like, a big base. So if we could find the right candidate, I believe you could defeat him."
Karen Hinton, de Blasio's press secretary, responded in a statement saying the mayor isn't concerned about a challenger. “We welcome all challengers, strong and weak, tall and short, arrogant and shy, people who can make up their minds about who they support for President or not.”
This post has been updated with comment from de Blasio's office.