Trump to nominate Huntsman as Russian Federation ambassador: White House

Trump to nominate Huntsman as Russian Federation ambassador: White House”

The speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament, Valentina Matviyenko, cautiously welcomed on Wednesday the possibility that veteran U.S. diplomat and businessman Jon Huntsman would become the new ambassador to Russian Federation.

US President Donald Trump, who pledged previous year during his electoral campaign to rebuild US-Russian relations, has come under fire in recent weeks amid allegations that close associates sought to collude with Russia during the campaign.

President Donald Trump announced his intention Tuesday to nominate former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman to be USA ambassador to Russian Federation. In all, he has served in the administrations of five US presidents.

Huntsman, 57, previously served as U.S. ambassador to China and Singapore.

If confirmed, Huntsman, who has always been expected to be Trump's pick for the job, will head to Moscow as the U.S. Congress and a special counsel investigate Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election and allegations that Trump's campaign had ties to Moscow.

The White House made the announcement shortly after it confirmed that Trump had a previously undisclosed conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a dinner at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, earlier this month.

Monday, the White House also had announced the President's decision to nominate personnel to a few other key administration posts. But delayed formally naming him and sending the nomination to the Senate for confirmation as the United States waited for the Kremlin to approve his selection. Ambassadors must be approved by the governments of the countries that will host them.

The father-of-seven initially endorsed Trump for president previous year, but later called on him to drop out following the release of a 2005 recording in which the former reality TV star used vulgar language to brag about groping women.

Trump also went after Huntsman during his tenure as ambassador to Beijing.

Huntsman, a former Utah governor, was USA ambassador to China from 2009 to 2011.

Huntsman and Trump resolved their differences during the Trump administration's transition.

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