Tue Aug 6, 2019, 01:14 PM

US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Will Resign, Could Run for Governor in Utah: Report

The American ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, will resign and return to his home state of Utah, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Tuesday.

The former Utah governor sent a letter to the White House on Tuesday morning saying he would step down, according to the newspaper. His resignation is effective Oct. 3.

The White House and State Department did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request to comment.

Huntsman, a 59-year-old Republican who was Utah’s governor from 2005 to 2009, could run for the office again in 2020, according to the newspaper. He left office in 2009 to become President Barack Obama’s ambassador to China and later mounted an unsuccessful bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.

Trump has faced relentless criticism for U.S. relations with Russia. He has repeatedly praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and said he believes the strongman’s denials that Moscow did not interfere in Trump’s 2016 presidential election victory.


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