Former Utah Gov. and 1987 College graduate Jon Huntsman Jr. is “in talks to serve as U.S. ambassador to Russia,” .
Huntsman previously served as under the Obama administration.
The son of 1959 Wharton graduate Jon Huntsman Sr., Huntsman was last seen on campus two weeks ago when he gave a talk at Huntsman Hall, named after his father. The former ambassador spoke about his vision for U.S. foreign relations, and pointed out that “neither Trump nor Pence has visited” China.
In his remarks Huntsman also criticized President Donald Trump’s phone call with the Taiwanese president prior to his inauguration.
The criticism isn’t isolated. Huntsman after the release of Access Hollywood tapes in which Trump made lewd comments about women.
Despite this history, an anonymous senior administration official told CNN that Huntsman has been in touch with “Trump’s top advisors and possibly Trump himself.”
And Huntsman is not entirely unfamiliar to the Trump administration — His name had shown up in .
A spokesperson for Huntsman did not respond to requests for comment from CNN.
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