Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday he will head up a White House committee that will bring together corporate leaders from the private sector to determine methods to enhance the nation's cyber security measures.
"Last week, president-elect [Donald Trump] decided that he wanted to bring in on regular basis the people in the private sector, the corporate leaders, in particular and thought leaders in the private sector who are working on security for cyber," Giuliani told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program, previewing an official announcement that will take place later in the morning.
"We're so far behind and it's his belief, which I share, that a lot of the solutions are out there, but we're not sharing them," Giuliani, also a former U.S. attorney, told the Fox News program.
"Like cancer, there is cancer research going on all over the place. You all wish they get together in one room, maybe we find a cure. My belief, as always, the answer to cyber security will be found in the private sector. That is where we have the great creativity."
The committee will bring together "corporate leaders and their technological people," said Giuliani. The president will meet with them on an ongoing basis, as well as anybody else in the committee."
Giuliani said he'll coordinate the effort, make sure the meetings take place, and that the government has the information available in the private sector.
"It will form a little more connection between these people who are doing cyber security so they can work with each other," said Giuliani.
Giuliani also discussed reports that surfaced on Tuesday concerning the leak of an unsubstantiated negative report making claims about Trump's ties to Russia, calling the report "garbage" and a "total phony."
"The reporting leaked out of what is supposed to be surrounded by top security," said Giuliani. "It was never part of it. So I don't know how you can describe it a totally phony story intended to malign him and to make it look like somehow the Moscow has stuff on him they can extort him with."
Further, Giuliani said, Trump can't be extorted.
"I don't care what you write about him, what you will say about him, he will do what he believes is right," said Giuliani. "This is ridiculous what these news organizations are doing. CNN for quite some time has been way off the charts."
In addition, leaks from the intelligence community are a "serious crime" that would not happen with "proper leadership," from Trump or other key nominees, including Mike Pompeo, who has been tagged to head the CIA.
"Pompeo is as tough as nails," said Giuliani. "It isn't going to happen under Donald Trump."
Giuliani also on Thursday defended Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump's choice for attorney general, against claims made against him by New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker on Wednesday.
"Jeff Sessions is fair, he is open-minded," said Giuliani. "This is a man who prosecuted Klan members. This is a man who sought death penalty for a Klan member. I don't know if Cory Booker did that . . . he wants to run for president. I see it as a complete political act."
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