President Trump has selected Jon Huntsman as ambassador to Russian Federation, despite a contentious relationship with the former Utah governor that has included calling him a "weak" statesman.
Jon Huntsman Jr. has reportedly been offered the ambassadorship to Russian Federation, a post that would put him in Moscow during a hard period of U.S.
According to Politico, Huntsman - who has served as USA ambassador to Singapore and China - is submitting his paperwork required for the job. In 2009 Huntsman was approved unanimously to serve as ambassador to China.
Jon Huntsman at the Council on Foreign Relations January 29, 2015 in Washington, DC. Prior to moving to Moscow, Tefft had worked in Lithuania, Georgia, and Ukraine.
"My impression is that Huntsman is a seasoned statesman who would bring a lot of talent to the role", Matthew Rojansky, director of the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute, told FP.
The former governor was an occasional critic of Trump's during the campaign and called on the real estate mogul to drop out of the race after a tape was released of Trump bragging about his ability to grope women due to his fame.
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.
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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 a year ago.
Update: This article was updated to include comments from the White House and Alexander Vershbow.