January 22nd, 2014
02:22 PM ET

Giuliani: 'Tremendous Security' Involved with Sochi

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who's involved in the planning for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, told Anchor Chris Cuomo on "New Day" that it was "too late" to reconsider the decision to hold the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

"When you look back on it, it's awfully close to one of the worst situations in the world in terms of terrorism, exportation of terrorism," he said. But, at the same time, "it happens to be in a country that has tremendous security."

Giuliani said he was familiar with the Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City, Utah, only months after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Those Games were almost canceled, he said, and had "an enormous amount of security."

As for Sochi, Russia has "devoted more resources to security than frankly I've ever seen," Giuliani said.

"In retrospect, could you have picked a place that's safer? I guess you could ... (but) the minute you hold the Olympics in a place, whether it's Salt Lake City or it's Rio de Janeiro or it's London, you have actually brought all the world's problems to you," he said.

"So yes, Sochi is dangerous because it's close to the Caucasus. However, the minute you have an Olympics, every one of these causes gets attracted to you and you gotta have enormous security."


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