"Rudy Giuliani is an extraordinarily talented and patriotic American. I will always be appreciative of his 24/7 dedication to our campaign after I won the primaries and for his extremely wise counsel," Trump said in the statement. "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 will stay on as a "Vice Chairman of the Presidential Transition Team," the organization said.
"From the vantage point of the private sector, I look forward to helping the President-elect in any way he deems necessary and appropriate," Giuliani said in the transition statement, which said Giuliani made the decision late last month.
CNN version (probably the truth):
New: Trump team has told Rudy Giuliani he is not getting the Secretary of State job #CNN pic.twitter.com/krlQeF0BQW— Lisa Mirando (@LisaMirandoCNN) December 9, 2016