Former Utah governor and Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr. has accepted President Trump’s offer to be the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Fox News has confirmed.
Sources told Fox that Trump called Huntsman Monday to offer him the job. If confirmed, Huntsman would head to Moscow at a time when relations between the U.S. and Russia have reached a low point in the post-Cold War era.
Hunstman’s acceptance also ends speculation about a possible primary challenge against Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is up for re-election next year.
Huntsman previously served as U.S. Ambassador to China between 2009 and 2011, when he resigned to launch a bid for the 2012 Republican nomination. He dropped out of the race after finishing third in the New Hampshire primary and endorsed eventual nominee Mitt Romney.
Huntsman was elected governor of Utah in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. He resigned seven months into his second term to become ambassador to Beijing.
Huntsman’s daughter, Abby, is a co-host of “Fox & Friends Weekend.”