Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani offered high praise for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump over the weekend, saying he offers “real hope” for the country and the ability to make deals without compromising principles.
Giuliani told New York talk radio host John Catsimatidis on Sunday, “He’s a real hope for us that our politics can really change. He’s a deal maker. I know that somehow people think that means compromising your principles. I think that means accomplishing your principles.”
Highlighting Trump’s business background and contrasting him with likely Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton, the former mayor said, “I think all the skills that you learn in business can easily be applied to government. I believe he’s the better hope for America.”
Giuliani was one of the earliest proponents of his fellow Gothamite’s candidacy. As reported by Western Journalism in February, Giuliani said that he and Trump have been in regular contact throughout the primary election season.
“He calls to check things out or I’ll call him to say, ‘Donald, you’re going too far’ or ‘What you said was great’ or maybe ‘Change it a bit.’ It’s nothing formal. It’s kind of a running conversation,” the former mayor stated.
Giuliani described his talks with Trump as “frank” but encouraging. “I think he could over perform in a general election similar to what [Ronald] Reagan did in 1980, bringing in new people,” he said. “You know, he’s very good. It’s clear that he has an exceptionally good understanding of how the economy affects our foreign policy.”
Trump in turn described Giuliani as “a very knowledgeable friend.”
The candidate stated in early May that he was thinking of setting up a commission, perhaps chaired by Giuliani, to study how to best address the threat posed by Muslim terrorists seeking to enter the United States.
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