Trump to nominate Jon Huntsman as ambassador to Russia

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WASHINGTON (ABC4 Utah) – Former Utah governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has been formally nominated to serve as the United States ambassador to Russia. 
 
President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Huntsman in a press release Tuesday. 
 
“Governor Jon Huntsman has had a distinguished career as a politician, diplomat, and businessman,” according to the White House release. 
 

 
Huntsman currently serves as Chairman of both the Atlantic Council, a premier foreign policy think tank, and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.  
 
If confirmed the appointment would be Huntsman’s third ambassadorship. He also served as U.S. Ambassador to China and to Singapore.
 
Huntsman had long been expected to be the official choice for the key diplomatic post, with sources telling CNN in March that he had accepted an offer for the job.
 
Huntsman could potentially become one of the most high-profile ambassadors due to ongoing investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. 
 
 
 

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