Huntsman accepts nomination of Russian ambassadorship
Former Governor of Utah Jon Huntsman has been offered the nomination of ambassador to Russia and he has accepted, ABC News has confirmed.
Huntsman, a moderate Republican who was at times a vocal critic of President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election, has previous diplomatic experience, having served as ambassador to Singapore in the early 1990s and to China from 2009 to 2011. His term as governor spanned 2005 to 2009.
He resigned from his post in Beijing in 2011 to return to the U.S. to run for the 2012 Republican nomination for president. After finishing seventh in the Iowa caucuses, third in the New Hampshire primary and seventh in the South Carolina primary, Huntsman withdrew from the race and endorsed eventual nominee Mitt Romney.
Despite differences in opinion on policy voiced by Huntsman during the campaign, Trump received his endorsement during the 2016 presidential election up until the October leak of an audio tape in which Trump boasted about groping women. Afterward, Huntsman called for then-vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence to lead the ticket.
“In a campaign cycle that has been nothing but a race to the bottom — at such a critical moment for our nation — and with so many who have tried to be respectful of a record primary vote, the time has come for Governor Pence to lead the ticket,” said Huntsman to The Salt Lake Tribune at the time.
The position of ambassador to Russia has taken on greater importance in recent weeks in the wake of revelations that a number of Trump administration officials made contact with a Russian diplomat prior to Trump’s inauguration.
Huntsman was born March 26, 1960 in Redwood City, California. His mother is Karen (née Haight) Huntsman, daughter of LDS Church apostle David B. Haight, and his father is billionaire businessman and philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr. of the Huntsman Corporation. Through his father, Huntsman Jr. is the great-great-great-grandson of early LDS Church leader Parley P. Pratt.
At age 15 in 1975, Huntsman earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).Huntsman attended Highland High School in Salt Lake City, but dropped out before graduating to pursue his passion as a keyboard player in a rock band called “Wizard”. Huntsman later obtained a G.E.D. and enrolled at the University of Utah, where he became, like his father, a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Huntsman served as a Mormon missionary in Taiwan for two years and later transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in international politics in 1987.
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“his father is billionaire businessman and philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr. of the Huntsman Corporation. Through his father, Huntsman Jr. is the great-great-great-grandson of early LDS Church leader Parley P. Pratt.”