Rudy Giuliani Says He’s Been Dispensing Advice To Donald Trump

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner, Monday, May 12, 2014, in New York. Bush and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., courted some of Wall... Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner, Monday, May 12, 2014, in New York. Bush and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., courted some of Wall Street’s most powerful political donors Monday night, competing for attention from tuxedoed hedge fund executives gathered in midtown Manhattan as the early jockeying in the 2016 presidential contest quietly continues. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) MORE LESS
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Former presidential candidate and New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) has been offering “frank” advice and guidance to Donald Trump throughout February, the Washington Post reported.

“We’ve been talking. Donald and me, Donald and a few other friends who know politics. 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,” Giuliani told the Washington Post in an interview published Sunday. “There is candor and there is trust.”

Giuliani has not endorsed a candidate in the Republican presidential primary and said he’s just consulted Trump “as a close personal friend.” And he’s not the only one. The former New York City mayor told the Post that several people he knows have been in touch with the Republican frontrunner.

“I could easily list off some names for you but that’s for Donald to say,” Giuliani told the Post.

He told the Post that his discussions with Trump have been “frank.”

“I think he could over perform in a general election similar to what Reagan did in 1980, bringing in new people,” Giuliani told the Post. “He has that ability. On the other hand, I’ve told him when I’ve disagreed, telling him when I think he may be hurting himself.”

Trump confirmed to the Post that Giuliani has called him with advice.

“Rudy is a very knowledgeable friend. I consider his counsel very important,” the Republican presidential candidate said in an email.

The former New York City mayor has defended Trump’s remarks in the past. In a July interview, Giuliani said that Trump’s comments that Mexican immigrants are “rapists” did not “reflect on Donald Trump as a man who is a very charitable and a good man.”

But Giuliani told the Post that he did not agree with Trump’s criticism of former President George W. Bush. During a February Republican presidential debate, Trump suggested that Bush did not keep the country safe on Sept. 11, 2001. Yet Giuliani praised Bush in his interview with the Post.

“I thank God that George W. Bush was president during 9/11,” Giuliani said.

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  1. Jesus Christ–this is one of those best people he’s going to bring in to make everything awesome? There are psychotics getting better advice from the light fixtures.

  2. Don’t forget he has Sarah Palin, too.

  3. “Oh, joy of joys! Oh, dream of dreams!” - Franz Liebkind, “The Producers”
    This is incredibly great news for Senator John McCain!

  4. It’s rather like poison ivy giving advice to gonorrhea.

  5. Honestly, she at least made a feeble effort to familiarize herself with the issues and so forth in the early days. She had the brains to realize what she was up against. He doesn’t even understand that much–he’s sure he can get by with faking it and dodging questions and as far as actually being the goddamn President, well, he’ll copy the homework on the bus. Just insane.

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