President Donald Trump has offered former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, 56, son of a chemical industry billionaire, the position as U.S. ambassador to Russia, a source said. This will be subject for Congress approval. Huntsman has indicated that he will accept the post, an official said Wednesday.
Huntsman was the nation’s top diplomat to Singapore under President George H.W. Bush and then served in that role in China under President Barack Obama. He ran for president in 2012 but abandoned. The former governor is a Mormon. He speaks Mandarin.If confirmed, Huntsman would become one of the highest-profile U.S. ambassadors. One senior administration official said Huntsman was tapped because he is a "brilliant guy," "tough" and understands what Trump wants. During his election campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly praised President Putin and expressed a desire for much stronger relations with that country. Huntsman’s family business also has operations in Russia. Bloomberg reports Huntsman had reported himself as being worth between $US15.9 million and $71.3 million in 2011 when filling out presidential campaign disclosure paperwork. His daughter, Abby, is a co-host and reporter for Fox News.