It's official. Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. And though the world is still reeling from the news of his election, many still are looking ahead at what this next presidency will look like. One of the bigger questions looming over the country is who will be the leaders of Trump's administration. Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich are all possible candidates for top posts. But will Rudy Giuliani be a member of Trump's cabinet?
A former Republican candidate for president himself, Giuliani emerged during the campaign season as one of Trump's most ardent supporters. According to the New York Times, the two have known one another for decades. Giuliani even dressed in drag and flirted with Trump in 2000 for a video for The Inner Circle Show, an annual show put on by the American comedy group Inner Circle.
An appointment into Trump's cabinet would put the former New York mayor into public office for the first time in 15 years. Though there is no indication yet that his appointment is a sure thing. Trump's nominees for his cabinet positions will not officially be confirmed until after the president's inauguration on Jan. 20.
But even if Trump does decide to reward Giuliani's loyalty and support with a cabinet position, which one would Giuliani take? The speculation around that decision is rampant in these days following the election. However, many media outlets, such as Politico, predict Giuliani will be nominated for attorney general, though Christie could also be in line for the job. On Nov. 10, Giuliani spoke to CNN's Chris Cuomo about his fitness for the attorney general position, saying, "There's probably nobody that knows the Justice Department better than me."
Giuliani, who has served as both an attorney for the southern district of New York and associate attorney general under President Ronald Reagan, is certainly qualified for the job. Though his record on law enforcement is worrisome. Stop-and-frisk, an NYPD policy that was implemented under Giuliani's mayorship, was ruled unconstitutional in 2013 because it disproportionately targeted young black and Latino men.
During the first presidential debate, Trump hailed stop-and-frisk as a "tremendous" success, suggesting cities like Chicago should adopt the policy to curb gun violence. Afterward, Giuliani told Fox News that implementing stop-and-frisk is "the answer to the whole debate over gun control." Though the Washington Post reports there is no correlation between decreasing crime rates and stop-and-frisk policy. Trump and Giuliani seem to be on the same page when it comes to wanting to "restore law and order" in the United States, as Trump said during the Republican National Convention this summer.
If Giuliani becomes attorney general in 2017, there's no telling how the face of law enforcement in America will change, but stopping discrimination against people of color may not be high on the list of priorities.