Giuliani, former mayor of New York City and an enthusiastic supporter of Trump's presidential campaign, told an election forum Monday, "First of all, I won't be attorney general." In an interview with The Wall Street Journal Monday, he responded to a question about his possible nomination by saying "One never knows."
When asked if there was a better candidate for secretary of state than John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Giuliani said, "Maybe me, I don't know."
CBS News, citing a source within the Trump campaign staff, also reported Giuliani is the foremost contender to be Trump's nominee for the top diplomatic position.
Giuliani, 72, has extensive experience as a federal prosecutor, mayor and a public face of Trump's election campaign, but little foreign policy involvement. Known for his combative manner and hardline views on law and order, Giuliani could offer a different approach to the position than current Secretary of State John Kerry and prior secretaries Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell.
Bolton has a long resume of federal government service, as well as a hawkish stance, which included advocating bombing Iran in 2015 to halt its nuclear development.
Deliberations over the Trump Cabinet are expected to increase this week after Vice president-elect Mike Pence, chief of Trump's transition team, arrives at Trump's New York City headquarters Tuesday.