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President Trump Taps Jon Huntsman For Russia Ambassadorship

Jon Huntsman is the former governor of Utah. He has also twice served as a U.S. ambassador.
Posted at 8:41 PM, Jul 18, 2017

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he plans to nominate former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman as the next ambassador to Russia.

Huntsman previously served as ambassador to Singapore under President George H.W. Bush. He also served as ambassador to China under President Barack Obama.

There's been speculation that Trump would choose Huntsman for several months. Politico reported in March that Trump had offered the position to Huntsman and Huntsman planned to accept it.

The one-time presidential candidate will need to be confirmed by the Senate.

The position is especially important given the U.S. Intelligence Community's assessment that Russia tried to influence the 2016 presidential election.

In response, the Obama administration issued new sanctions and seized two Russian compounds in the U.S.

The Russian foreign ministry just threatened "retaliatory measures" if the compounds aren't returned.

Trump and Huntsman have a history. 

Huntsman called on Trump to drop out of the presidential race in October 2016 after a lewd 2005 "Access Hollywood" video of Trump leaked

Trump has previously criticized Huntsman on Twitter and called him a "lightweight." 

In 2012, Trump tweetedthat he refused to meet with Huntsman because he "gave away our country to China!" The tweet came after Huntsman dropped out of the Republican presidential race.