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Trump taps Jon Huntsman as US ambassador to Russia- White House

by July 19, 2017 General

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has tapped veteran diplomat and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman as ambassador to Russia, the White House said Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). Huntsman, 57, previously served as US ambassador to China and Singapore. Huntsman currently serves as chairman of the Atlantic Council, a foreign policy think tank, as is a director on a number of corporate boards, including Caterpillar, Chevron, Ford Motor Company and Hilton. A moderate Republican, he was George Bush Sr.’s ambassador to Singapore from 1992 to 1993—becoming the youngest American to hold the post of ambassador in more than 100 years. He served as a deputy trade representative under George W. Bush’s administration from 2001-2003 where he helped negotiate several pacts with China. He then resigned to run for governor of Utah, a heavily Mormon state with which he shares religious ties, winning with 78 percent of the vote when he stood a second time.