President Trump has picked former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman to be the next USA ambassador to Russian Federation.
Huntsman has twice served as an ambassador, first under George H.W. Bush in Singapore and later under Barack Obama in China. If confirmed, Huntsman would head to Moscow at a time when relations between the USA and Russian Federation have reached a low point in the post-Cold War era. Republican state strength will withstand Democrat lawsuits Paul Ryan gives GOP the hard sell MORE has picked former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) to be ambassador to Russian Federation.
Responding to reports of Huntsman's selection, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov says the Kremlin would welcome any US ambassador who wants to create a dialogue with Russia.
Huntsman is now the chairman of the Atlantic Council, a foreign policy think tank.
"After openly celebrating Donald Trump's election victory as a breakthrough in U.S". Obama's team thought sending Huntsman to China would take him out of the running in 2012, but he resigned his post in 2011 and launched a short-lived presidential campaign.
The former governor was an occasional critic of Trump's during the campaign and called on the real estate mogul to drop out of the race after a tape was released of Trump bragging about his ability to grope women due to his fame. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Alternatively, he was bandied about as a possible deputy secretary of state.
Rumors also put Huntsman as a potential secretary of State candidate, but President Trump eventually chose Rex Tillerson for the position.