Trump's Russia Ambassador Pick: Jon Huntsman
White House official reveals news before formal announcement
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 8, 2017 6:40 PM CST
In this Jan. 16, 2012, file photo, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, announces he is ending his campaign for president in Myrtle Beach, SC.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – A White House official says former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. is President Donald Trump's choice to be the next US ambassador to Russia, the AP reports. Huntsman will be nominated for the diplomatic post as senior members of Trump's administration face questions about their contacts with the Russian government. The White House official spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement.

Huntsman served as the ambassador to China during the Obama administration and speaks Mandarin. He had been considering a Senate run in 2018, a decision that would depend on whether Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, runs again. Huntsman in October called on Trump to drop out of the presidential race after the release of a recording on which Trump bragged about groping women.

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