The White House announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump is set to nominate Jon Huntsman, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman as U.S ambassador to Russia.
Huntsman served as U.S. ambassador to China from 2009 to 2011 and has also served under the administrations of five U.S. presidents and was a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. According to Politico, Utah was offered the position in March.
An announcement from the office of the White House press secretary said; “Governor Jon Huntsman has had a distinguished career as a politician, diplomat, and businessman, his robust record of public service includes service as U.S. Ambassador to China and to Singapore, Deputy United States Trade Representative, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development.”
The position of Russian ambassador is now a very key position following the allegations by the U.S that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and had ties to the Trump campaign. Allegations which have debunked repeatedly by President Vladmir Putin.
Moscow says it would welcome anyone who was a “convinced proponent” of establishing a dialogue with Russia.