Zack Beauchamp, VOX: Jon Huntsman, Trump’s pick for Russia ambassador, is a baffling choice
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. has been tapped to be President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Russia. And that is very, very strange.
Huntsman isn’t a Russia expert, or anything close. President Barack Obama appointed Huntsman, a Republican, to serve as ambassador to China in his first term because Huntsman speaks Mandarin and had lived in Taiwan. But he doesn’t speak Russian and he’s never spent any time living in Russia. He’s never held a position where he had to deal with Russian officials regularly or really ever had much to say about the US-Russia relationship at all.
The Huntsman pick also doesn’t make any sense for Trump ideologically.
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WNU Editor: I do not understand why President Trump chose him .... and I would not be surprised if many in Moscow are feeling the same way. If President Trump wanted to appoint someone who is a blank slate when it comes to Russia .... he is the man.
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