Trump taps Jon Huntsman as United States ambassador to Russia: White House

Jon Huntsman, who has served as governor of Utah and was ambassador to China under former President Barack Obama, has been nominated to as the US envoy to Russian Federation.Huntsman will have a hard job ahead of him as Washington continues to investigate Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election.Huntsman has twice served as an ambassador.Huntsman, who ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, previously served as US ambassador to China and to Singapore. CNN reported that Trump selected Huntsman because he’s “tough”.The White House made the announcement shortly after confirming that Trump held a second, previously undisclosed meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin on July 7 during the G-20 summit in Hamburg.Trump’s appointment of the former governor may also have motives other than a thaw in relations with Russian Federation, as Huntsman was seen as eyeing a potential Senate run or possibly another run at the White House in 2020. He was slow to endorse any candidate for the Republican nomination though he did back Trump once he became the presumptive nominee.Huntsman said then that the “campaign cycle has been nothing but a race to the bottom” and called for Trump’s running mate, then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, to top the GOP ticket. Trump had also considered picking Huntsman as his secretary of state.Trump and Huntsman have a history.