President Donald Trump made a difficult decision and named the United States ambassador to Russia. In light of all the recent media outrage, he had to find someone with a strong mind and a strong stomach. Jon Huntsman, the Former Utah Governor and the 2012 Republican primary presidential candidate, has been asked by President Donald Trump to serve as the official United States Ambassador to the Russian Federation. He has been an ambassador before, serving as the United States ambassador to China from 2009 to 2011 under the Obama administration. He will be taking the position over from John Teft, who has been serving this position for 2.5 years. He was selected because he is ‘tough.’
From Daily Caller:
Huntsman is the son of Jon Huntsman Sr., a billionaire businessman and philanthropist. Huntsman Sr. founded the Huntsman corporation, a chemical products and manufacturing behemoth. The multinational corporation operates more than 100 facilities in over 30 countries and 15,000 employees. Huntsman, like Trump, attended the University of Pennsylvania. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce under President George H.W. Bush, and became Ambassador to Singapore in 1992. He served as Deputy United States Trade Representative under President George W. Bush, before becoming Governor of Utah. The former Ambassador to China will now have access to the U.S. Ambassadors residence in Russia, the Spaso House, a neo-classical mansion located in a quiet, secluded street in a historic Moscow neighborhood. While he asked Trump to withdraw from the 2016 presidential race after the release of the now well documented 2005 Access Hollywood tape, Huntsman and the president have grown closer together ever since. Rumors swirled in early December that Trump was considering Huntsman for Secretary of State.