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Trump to nominate Jon Huntsman as ambassador to Russia

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 00:55

U.S. President Donald Trump nominates Jon Huntsman as ambassador to Russia. Ryan Brooks reports.

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Jon Huntsman, the ex- U.S. envoy to China and one-time presidential candidate, is Donald Trump's choice for ambassador to Russia, according to the White House. It's a high-profile nomination, even more so because of allegations Moscow interfered with last year's election. The job would require confirmation by the U.S. Senate, and if he gets the greenlight, he'll start the job while both the Congress and and a special council investigate whether Team Trump had ties to Russia in his campaign. Huntsman is also the former governor of Utah, and he's served in the administrations of five presidents. But reports earlier this year that Huntsman would get stationed in Russia were met with mixed reviews in Moscow itself. One politician saying he was quote "not a dove," while the Kremlin said it would welcome anyone who might improve ties with Russia, a top Trump goal for his agenda abroad.

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Trump to nominate Jon Huntsman as ambassador to Russia

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 00:55