Rudy Giuliani, a longtime supporter of President-elect Donald Trump’s, will indeed have a place in the incoming administration.
The presidential transition team announced Thursday that the former New York City mayor will share “his expertise and insight as a trusted friend concerning private sector cyber security problems and emerging solutions.”
The transition team’s statement did not make it clear whether Giuliani was receiving a permanent position, only saying that he would “lend expertise.”
It had been expected that Giuliani, who endorsed President-elect Trump in April, would have been named to the Cabinet, including possibly as secretary of State. He said in December that he turned down two Cabinet-level positions because he “didn’t want to do it.”
The State nomination eventually went to Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson.
Giuliani described his role as “a facilitator” who will establish meetings between Trump and corporate leaders, according to the pool report.
The issue of cybersecurity emerged in the 2016 presidential campaign, with attacks on the Democratic National Committee leading to e-mail leaks.
It was revealed after Trump’s win in November that the US intelligence community believes Russia ordered cyberattacks to try to influence the election. President Barack Obama’s administration expelled 35 Russian diplomats and imposed sanctions on Russia’s two leading intelligence services in retaliation for the attacks.
According to the transition team, Trump will solicit “anecdotal information” from private sector executives on the challenges and solutions to cybersecurity challenges.
“The attendees may or may not change from session to session, but the specific agenda subjects will likely change because of the rapidly evolving field of cyber security, and frequent developments, both positive and negative,” the team said.
The participants will not necessarily be expected to produce a report on their findings or come to a consensus on the issues.
Giuliani is the chairman and chief executive officer of a management and security consulting company, a position he will retain.