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Huntsman accepts posts at Trump's ambassador to Russian Federation

Huntsman accepts posts at Trump's ambassador to Russian Federation

Huntsman even suggested that Mike Pence, who was the governor of IN at the time, to head the presidential ticket.

President Donald Trump has asked former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman to become the us ambassador to Russian Federation, according to multiple reports.

Huntsman, whose father Jon Huntsman, Sr.is a billionaire who started a chemical company, has been offered the job and has submitted the paperwork to accept, Politico reported.

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The veteran diplomat, who also sought the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, would take over perhaps the most politically fraught and high-stakes post in the USA ambassadorship ranks. Huntsman was the ambassador to China during President Barack Obama's administration.

Huntsman is now the chairman of the Atlantic Council, a foreign policy think tank. "If true, it's an excellent choice given his broad foreign policy expertise and strong leadership exhibited here at the Atlantic Council", Alexander Vershbow, former US ambassador to Russian Federation who now works for the Atlantic Council, told FP. "That said, we are also fortunate to have John Tefft, one of our country's absolutely top career diplomats now serving as ambassador, so we can have high confidence that the transition will be handled smoothly and professionally".

He called for Trump to drop out of the presidential race in October, after the leak of the Access Hollywood tape where Trump was heard saying he would grab women by their privates. Both outlets cited anonymous aides close to Trump and Huntsman.

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Hunstman was in the Capitol Tuesday along with Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, sparking speculation that he was up for the Russian Federation post or another position.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was a Trump surrogate during the race, has been accused of not disclosing his meetings with Russian Ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak previous year.

Trump's newfound appreciation for Huntsman, which included rumored consideration for the Secretary of State role, also comes after the President used his own favorite diplomatic tool, Twitter, to criticize Huntsman's work in China.

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