Huntsman in talks to be next ambassador to Russia

ST. GEORGE – Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr., may once again become Ambassador Huntsman, according to a report from CNN Wednesday.

A former ambassador to China under President Barack Obama and to Singapore under President George H.W. Bush, Huntsman could become the United State’s next ambassador to Russia.

A senior administration official reportedly told CNN that Huntsman began speaking with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the position last week and that those discussions have continued. Huntsman has also been in touch with President Donald Trump’s top advisors, according to another source.

Last year Huntsman’s name was reportedly in the hat of candidates being considered by Trump to be the next Secretary of State. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was also among the candidates.

Trump would ultimately choose former Exxon-Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as the new State secretary.

Other Utahns who have been reportedly eyed by the Trump administration to fill federal positions include Rep. Chris Stewart and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes.

It was reported in late December that Stewart’s name was in the mix to be nominated as the Secretary of the Air Force. As for Reyes, the Politico reported Jan. 17 that he was under consideration to be the next chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.

While Stewart confirmed he was being considered, Reyes’ campaign spokesman Alan Crooks told Fox 13 News that Reyes was not seeking the FTC position at the time and the report was a rumor.

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4 Comments

  • Badshitzoo March 2, 2017 at 4:50 am

    Whew! That was a close call John. You should have been paying attention like Chris Christie, and Rudy Guilliani. Everyone knew when neither of them signed on to do anything for the Trumpship, it was because they knew about the Russian Iceberg that was floating around out there in “fake news land.” Did you really believe Flynn was the only one involved? The Jeff Session ship will sink this week, and by next week, everyone will know even Pence was involved from the very start. And since the U.S. Intel agencies and our Allies will be providing the evidence; well, let’s just say the term “incontrovertible” comes to mind. Nobody will have to waste the taxpayers money launching eleven separate investigations: One will do nicely. Trump’s crimes will make Nixon, and Watergate look like an overdue book fine.

  • Kimi March 2, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Hmmmm let’s see….. Piano guys & LDS choir perform at inauguration.
    Sen. Hatch is designated survivor.
    Now Huntsman?
    Ya think maybe the church made any $$$$$$ contributions to his campaign???

    • Badshitzoo March 3, 2017 at 5:43 am

      I think the “Church” is scared to death of ending up on an after-midnight Trump “Twitt-list” because, he wouldn’t think twice about slamming 10 million Mormons about their magic underwear, racist, polygamist history, if Jason-The-Chaffer does something to mildly offend, or completely piss-off, the delusionaly, narcissistic, DB in the W/H. Image the “fake, or not, news” Steve Bannon could find for “The Donald.”

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