Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made changes to his campaign hierarchy as the candidates enter the homestretch to the convention.
In a couple of major moves, Trump added Paul Manafort, a former aide to several past Republican presidents, and former Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker campaign manager Rick Wiley, to shore up preparations in anticipation of a hotly contested July convention.
Fellow New Yorker and long time friend, Rudy Guiliani confirmed on Fox News he was going to vote for Trump, “Absolutely. No question about it. And I urge everyone else to do the same.”
“Donald is a personal friend. I believe he’s the best candidate. I think he’ll make a very good president,” Guiliani said.
But Guiliani stopped short of outright endorsing his old friend. “I’m not part of his organization,” he said. “Frankly, I don’t know them.”
Guiliani said, “I believe if you endorse somebody you, sort of, take on the whole organization. And I’d like to see Donald make some serious changes to his organization for his good.”
He cited a few things he’d like “to talk out first before I would go as far as an endorsement.”
“I’d like to hear more about how he’s hopefully going to double the size of the Navy, increase the size of the United States military, put more troops in NATO I order to push Putin back a bit.”
Guiliani also expressed a “couple of concerns on immigration” that required clarity to offer an outright endorsement.
Guiliani said he agreed with Trump on about “eight out of ten” issues and that was good enough for giving Trump his vote.
According to Real Clear Politics, Trump enjoys a commanding lead in advance of the New York primary, receiving 54 percent of the vote, compared to Ohio Governor John Kasich at 21 percent and Texas Senator Ted Cruz at 18 percent.
Statements made earlier in the campaign by Senator Cruz about New York values may not have been forgotten or forgiven by New York voters.
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