Jon Huntsman Resigns As US Ambassador To Russia

The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman is returning home to Utah where he is reportedly mulling another run for governor. Huntsman sent President Donald Trump a resignation letter Tuesday morning and is planning to move back to the Beehive State in October.

“American citizenship is a privilege and I believe the most basic responsibility in return is service to country,” Huntsman begins his letter to the president. “To that end, I am honored by the trust you have placed in me as the United States ambassador to Russia during this historically difficult period in bilateral relations.”

Huntsman, 59, is a former Utah governor who left the post in 2009 to serve as U.S. ambassador to China. Huntsman was a popular governor in the state, winning every county in Utah in his 2008 bid and leaving office with an approval rating topping 80 percentage points.

Huntsman last appeared on JMG when he defied Trump on whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election.