Report: Huntsman under consideration to be US ambassador to Russia

Jon HuntsmanIt’s becoming increasingly clear that former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman will likely have a role in Donald Trump’s State Department. But, just what that role will ultimately turn out to be is up to some debate.


CNN reports Wednesday morning that Huntsman is under consideration to become the US ambassador to Russia. This report comes after the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Huntsman was in discussions to be Deputy Secretary of State under Rex Tillerson.

From the CNN report:

The source said Huntsman spoke with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about it last week and discussions are progressing.
Another source close to Huntsman said he had been in touch with President Donald Trump’s top advisers and possibly Trump himself.
Earlier this week, CNN learned per a senior administration official that Huntsman was under consideration for a position. A Huntsman spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.
Huntsman previously served as the US ambassador to Singapore and China.
If Huntsman takes a job with the State Department, it would end the near-constant speculation that he is readying to run for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Orrin Hatch in 2018.