In the end, Rudy Giuliani’s long-time friendship with Donald Trump didn’t matter. Nor did his staunch — and very vocal — support of The Donald’s presidential aspirations. Nothing mattered, regardless of Rudy’s public campaign to become Trump’s Secretary of State.
So what did matter? Rudy’s “stamina.” Or lack thereof, as it were.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Trump believes that Rudy lacks the stamina to adequately fulfill the duties of America’s top diplomat. WSJ reported:
At a Wall Street Journal CEO Council event on Nov. 14, Mr. Giuliani privately told attendees he would land the job, and he talked up his security contracts and paid speech-making overseas as part of his résumé. On stage, he was asked who would be a better secretary of state than John Bolton, a former diplomat also considered for the post. Mr. Giuliani replied, “Maybe me, I don’t know.”
But Mr. Trump wasn’t completely sold. One transition official said the president-elect was concerned Mr. Giuliani, 72 years old, might not have the necessary stamina for a job.
Rudy vehemently disagrees, telling the WSJ: “My stamina is unbelievable.”
Rudy also told the WSJ that he turned down two Trump Cabinet job offers — although he failed to identify either of them.
A Washington Post columnist and CNN contributor had another theory almost a week ago:
The rumor I heard was that Rudy fell asleep in a meeting & Trump decided he just wasn't up for the SecState travel schedule & workload.
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) December 9, 2016
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) December 10, 2016
On Tuesday, Trump officially tapped Exxon Mobile CEO Rex Tillerson to become his Secretary of State.
Editor’s note: This article was updated after publication.