As Trump’s dissatisfaction with Attorney General Jeff Sessions continues to pervade headlines this week, a report from Axios has recently surfaced suggesting the president may be eyeing former campaign stalwart Rudy Giuliani as his replacement.
In a bombshell interview with The New York Times released last week, Trump admitted he never would’ve hired Sessions had he known he’d recuse himself from the Russia investigation. Even before the interview, Trump’s fury with Sessions was evident.
Axios cites “West Wing confidants” in their revelation that Trump is considering Giuliani for attorney general, but the fact that the former New York mayor would be tapped for a Trump administration role is unsurprising. Trump was clearly ready to anoint him secretary of state following his victory in November.
On the other side of the coin, however, is the fact that Giuliani turned down the offer, saying he just didn’t have it in him to dedicate the time it takes to do such a massive job. This fuels Axios’ speculation that Trump could merely be testing the waters of a potential new hire, and that Giuliani isn’t actually a serious candidate for the job.
Nonetheless, with this speculation, and the hiring of communications director Anthony Scaramucci, it appears Axios’ characterization of Trump’s moves as “building a cabinet ready for political, legal war” may be accurate. The resignation of former press secretary Sean Spicer, and the tenuous position of perceived Trump loyalists such as Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, show that as the Russia probe ramps up, Trump’s patience for wavering loyalty is growing thin.
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