Utah GOP weighs in on Huntsman confirmation hearings

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) The long awaited confirmation process for former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. is finally underway. To talk about the confirmation hearing, Utah GOP Leader Rob Anderson joined Good Morning Utah with Brian Carlson.

He’s President Trumps pick for Ambassador to Russia.

Tuesday, Huntsman went before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It’s the first step in what was expected to be a slam dunk confirmation.

In his first hearing, Huntsman wasted no time in taking a clear stance on Russian meddling.

“There is no question, underline no question, that the Russian government interfered in the U.S. election last year, and Moscow continues to meddle in the democratic processes of our friends and allies,” said Huntsman.

He also told the committee Russia is a threat to stability in Europe, and expressed concern that the country restricts the human rights of its own people.

Many were expecting a more politically charged exchange aimed at the Administration.

Huntsman’s previous stint as Ambassador to China, and his diplomatic nature set him up perfectly for this moment.

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