Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Huntsman Offered Russia Ambassadorship

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has been offered the job of U.S. Ambassador to Russia and is in the process of submitting paperwork to accept the position, two Administration sources have confirmed.

Huntsman, who served as Ambassador to Singapore under President George H.W. Bush and then to China under President Obama, was an outspoken critic of President Trump during last year's Campaign.

He was officially offered the Russia post earlier this week.

Sources say he plans to accept the job, one of the most sensitive and high profile Ambassadorships, especially given the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Congressional Investigations into Russian President Putin's apparent efforts to tip last year's Election in his favor and contacts between Russian officials and the Trump Campaign.

Should Huntsman accept and be confirmed as Ambassador, it could come as a relief to Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, 82, who is up for Reelection next year. Huntsman has been seen as a potential challenger.

Last October, Huntsman, who ran for President as a Republican in 2012, called on Trump to withdraw after a 2005 Access Hollywood video surfaced in which he bragged about his ability to sexually assault beautiful women.

But Huntsman has since warmed to the President and the two have maintained a cordial relationship, according to a source with knowledge of their recent conversations.

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