Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has removed his name from consideration for a spot in the Trump administration, President-elect Donald Trump has announced.
In a statement released by Trump's transition team on Friday, Trump announced that Giuliani would not have a place in his administration just yet.
Instead, the former New York mayor withdrew his name from consideration over a week ago, Trump said.
"Rudy would have been an outstanding member of the Cabinet in several roles, but I fully respect and understand his reasons for remaining in the private sector," he said.
"He is and continues to be a close personal friend, and as appropriate, I will call upon him for advice and can see an important place for him in the administration at a later date."
Giuliani said he would continue working in his law and consulting firm "with even more enthusiasm" than prior to the election.
"From the vantage point of the private sector, I look forward to helping the President-elect in any way he deems necessary and appropriate," he said.
The statement comes almost two weeks after Trump's aides confirmed that the president-elect had settled on four finalists for secretary of state, one of them being Giuliani.
However two people close to the transition this week told The Associated Press that Trump was moving away from Giuliani and Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee.