Trump Reportedly Picks Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman as Ambassador to Russian Federation
- Author: Jack Replman Mar 10, 2017,
Mar 10, 2017, 0:26
The Huffington Post has reached out to Huntsman and the White House for comment. However, Huntsman was ambassador to Singapore under George H.W. Bush - the youngest US ambassador in over 100 years.
The selection isn't that surprising, given Huntsman's experience. He now chairs the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank that promotes transatlantic ties.
It would be the third ambassadorship for Huntsman, who served in Singapore (1992-1993) under President George H.W. Bush and in China (2009-2011) under President Barack Obama.
The tweet came after Huntsman dropped out of the Republican presidential race. Though he initially endorsed Trump's campaign, Huntsman was one of several prominent Republicans to call on him to quit the race in August after a 2005 audio recording revealed then-candidate Trump joking about grabbing women's genitals.
In recent weeks, sources close to Huntsman also speculated he was considering running for senate in Utah to replacing 82-year old Sen.
If confirmed, he will also need to navigate an environment where all links between Trump and the former Soviet Union are under increased scrutiny given intelligence community assertions that Vladimir Putin's government attempted to influence the election towards the billionaire's victory. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Alternatively, he was bandied about as a possible deputy secretary of state.
Earlier this month, a source said Huntsman had spoken with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the job.