SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman was confirmed as the next U.S. Ambassador to Russia.
Huntsman was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate Thursday afternoon.
Honored and humbled to serve our great country as U.S. Ambassador to Russia. Looking forward to joining America’s Embassy team in Moscow.— Jon Huntsman (@JonHuntsman) September 28, 2017
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) released the following statement after Huntsman’s confirmation.
“I congratulate my friend, Jon Huntsman, on his appointment to serve as the next Ambassador to Russia,” Hatch said. “This particular ambassadorship requires a great deal of poise, intellect, and experience, and I have no doubt that Jon is just the man for the job.”
In a tweet, Utah Governor Gary Herbert congratulated his “dear friend,” by saying, “You will serve our country well and make our state proud in your new role.”
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney also tweeted congratulations and said “his experience and clear-eyed resolve are badly needed.
Huntsman becomes one of the most high-profile ambassadors due to ongoing investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Earlier this month during confirmation hearings, Huntsman said there was “no question Russia interfered in the US. Election last summer.”