Trump selects Jon Huntsman as new ambassador to Russian Federation

Jon Huntsman (R) has reportedly been offered the us ambassadorship to Russian Federation.

Mr. Huntsman is no stranger to major diplomatic posts - having been picked by President Obama to be the top USA emissary in China and by President George H.W. Bush as ambassador to Singapore.

Reports surfaced earlier this month that Huntsman was in talks to serve as the USA ambassador to Russian Federation.

Two unnamed sources told Politico that Huntsman was offered the key post at the end of last week. He now chairs the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank that promotes transatlantic ties.

The tweet came after Huntsman dropped out of the Republican presidential race. He said then that the "campaign cycle has been nothing but a race to the bottom" and called for Trump's running mate, then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, to top the GOP ticket. On Twitter, McFaul, a prolific tweeter, reacted simply to news of Huntsman's nomination, "I wish him well!" From 2005-2009, he served as Utah's governor.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn all met with Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak in the previous year as the country was working to influence the U.S. presidential election.

According to published reports, Huntsman has met several times with Trump since the latter's election. As Bloomberg notes, going to Moscow will likely prevent Huntsman from challenging 82-year-old Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah in the 2018 Republican primary.

Besides Secretary of State Tillerson, Huntsman will be perhaps the highest profile member of Trump's diplomatic corps that has largely been sidelined early in his presidency.

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