Trump picks former Utah governor as Russian Federation envoy

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Politico reported on Wednesday that former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. has been chosen as the us ambassador to Russian Federation.

Sources told Fox that Trump called Huntsman Monday to offer him the job.

Rumors also put Huntsman as a potential secretary of State candidate, but President Trump eventually chose Rex Tillerson for the position.

Huntsman has previously served as ambassador to Singapore under former President George H.W. Bush and as ambassador to China under former President Barack Obama.

Visit Politico for more details. Jon Huntsman as the USA ambassador to Russian Federation, one of the State Department's most sensitive diplomatic posts.

Huntsman is in the process of submitting paperwork to accept the job, Politico reported on Wednesday.

Navigating U.S. -Russia relations isn't easy even when there isn't an ongoing controversy over alleged election hacking, and Huntsman has an awkward personal history with the president.

Sources close to Huntsman, a 2012 Republican presidential nominee, confirmed to the media on Thursday that he had accepted Trump's offer. After finishing seventh in the Iowa caucuses, third in the New Hampshire primary and seventh in the SC primary, Huntsman withdrew from the race and endorsed eventual nominee Mitt Romney. It was during that tenure that Trump criticised, saying on Twitter that Huntsman was a "lightweight" and adding: "Our diplomats are weak: @JonHuntsman's China policy proves why we need businessmen to negotiate against China".

He called on Trump to drop out of the presidential race in October after a lewd 2005 Access Hollywood video of Trump leaked. -Russian ties have sunk to a post-Cold War low.

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