Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Thursday he would be supporting Donald Trump for president in the April 19 Republican primary.
“I support Trump. I’m gonna vote for Trump,” Giuliani told The New York Post.
Giuliani said he expects Trump will get more than 50 percent of the statewide vote and amass a lion’s share of New York’s 95 delegates.
“It’s a question of how much he gets over 50 percent. If he wins 70 to 80 delegates, Donald has a good shot of securing the 1,237 delegates to secure the nomination before the convention,” the former Mayor told The New York Post.
Giuliani said he met with Trump’s rival in the Republican race, Ted Cruz, a few months ago, before the Texas senator blasted “New York values” to score political points, a fact which the former Mayor said had rankled him.
“It’s New York City. We’re family. I can make fun of New York. But you can’t!” he said.
“I know he was attacking liberal Democratic values … I know. I fought to change those policies in areas like welfare reform and policing, as did Mike Bloomberg. … There was a better way to say it,” added Giuliani, who added he was concerned about the personal attacks in the GOP primary and urged both Trump and Cruz to stop fighting over their spouses.
He said he doesn’t agree with all of Trump’s positions but supports his focus on the economy, immigration and security.
“Trump is a negotiator. He negotiates from a high bar to get people’s attention. Threatening to withdraw from NATO will get a better deal with NATO,” Giuliani told The Post.
Trump has already won the support of figures such as former Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who gave an enthusiastic endorsement of Trump at a campaign rally in Iowa.