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Trump Chooses Jon Huntsman for Ambassador to Russia, Official Says

  • Former Utah governor to be nominated for high-profile post
  • U.S. is investigating Russia’s meddling in 2016 election
Jon Huntsman.

Jon Huntsman.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Former Utah governor and 2012 presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr. has been picked by President Donald Trump to be the U.S. ambassador to Russia, according to a White House official, a high-profile post at a time when relations between the two nations have become even more complicated and political than usual.

Trump has offered Huntsman the position, according to the official, who asked not to be identified because the position hasn’t been formally announced. The federal government has launched multiple investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and potential contacts between Moscow and the Trump campaign.