Donald Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to Russia: Former Governor Jon Huntsman

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2012, file photo, former then-Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman speaks in Myrtle Beach, S.C., as he ends his campaign for president. The White House says that President Donald Trump is nominating Huntsman as ambassador to Russia. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
Vastavam web: Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to Russia, said on Tuesday there was “no question” Moscow meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, and pledged to bring up the matter with the Russian government.”There is no question, underline no question, that the Russian government interfered in the U.S. election last year, Huntsman, a former ambassador to China, said at his Senate confirmation hearing.Many members of Congress, including several of Trump’s fellow Republicans, are concerned the president will not take a hard enough line in dealings with Russia to combat Russian expansionism in eastern Europe or its support for Syria’s government in that country’s civil war.
Huntsman said he thought any action on sanctions should be tied to whether Russia ends its aggression in Ukraine.Russia has denied interfering in the election, but U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusion that it did so to boost Trump’s chances of being elected have shadowed his presidency.The White House has denied any collusion and Russia has denied any involvement.
He also said he would try to work with Moscow in areas where the two countries have common interests, such as international efforts to curb North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development.Huntsman, 57, served as ambassador to Beijing under President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and to Singapore under former Republican President George H.W. Bush.