Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday that he will vote for Donald Trump in New York's Republican primary on April 19.
"I support Trump," Giuliani, who served the city from 1994 to 2001, told The New York Post.
"I'm gonna vote for Trump."
Giuliani, 71, who dismissed rumors
that he was scheduled to meet with rival Ted Cruz, thinks that Trump will take more of 50 percent of the vote — winning most of the Empire State's 95 delegates.
"It's a question of how much he gets over 50 percent," the former mayor said. "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."
Giuliani, who has described Trump as a "close personal friend," met with Cruz before the Texas senator ripped the front-runner for having "New York values."
He said in January that Cruz owed New York an apology for the comments.
"It's New York City," Giuliani told the Post on Thursday. "We're family. I can make fun of New York. But you can't!
"I know he was attacking liberal Democratic values … I know," he added. "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."
He called on the leading candidates to stop attacking each other's spouses, adding that he does not agree with all of Trump's positions but supports his positions on the economy, immigration and security.
"Trump is a negotiator," Giuliani said. "He negotiates from a high bar to get people's attention.
"Threatening to withdraw from NATO will get a better deal with NATO."
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