Huntsman among secretary of State possibilities

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December 4, 2016

Jon HuntsmanPresident-elect Donald Trump is reportedly open to expanding his short list of candidates for secretary of State to include former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

Huntsman was one of the possibilities reported by The Associated Press on Saturday night, citing a source close to the Trump transition.

Huntsman, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, previously served as ambassador to China and speaks Mandarin.

The AP reported that Trump is moving away from the two front-runners for the secretary of State position, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Trump has twice met with Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee who criticized Trump’s candidacy, but some of the president-elect’s aides and allies have slammed Romney as a potential Cabinet pick.

  • Tiger

    Jon Meade Huntsman Jr. (born March 26, 1960) is an American politician, businessman, and diplomat who served as the 16th Governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009, and as United States Ambassador to Singapore from 1992 to 1993, and China from 2009 to 2011. He has served in the administrations of five U.S. Presidents and was a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.[1] In January 2014, Huntsman was named chairman of the Washington-based foreign policy think-tank the Atlantic Council.[2]

    He began his career as a White House staff assistant for Ronald Reagan, and was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce and United States Ambassador to Singapore by George H.W. Bush. Later as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative under George W. Bush, he launched global trade negotiations in Doha in 2001 and guided the accession of China into the World Trade Organization. He also served as CEO of his family-owned Huntsman Corporation and chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.

    While governor, he was named Chairman of the Western Governors Association, and joined the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association. Under his leadership, Utah was named the best managed state in America by the Pew Center on the States.[3] He won re-election in 2008 with nearly 78% of the vote and left office with approval ratings over 80%.[4]

  • BOC

    One more RINO LIB from Utah added to the list of one of the, if not the most important cabinet posts in any presidents’ administration!! Oi Vey!!! He has
    Bolton and Newt on his short list, two nut crackers that can work with and set the world straight after Clinton and Kerry set us up as the world’s limp wristed laughingstock’s.

  • juniemoon

    Don’t know much about him, but I have an open mind to Huntsman.

    • Tiger

      He has been around awhile. His father big time philanthropist and who knows. Personally I think that Bolton should be the pick.

      Jon Meade Huntsman Jr. (born March 26, 1960) is an American
      politician, businessman, and diplomat who served as the 16th Governor of
      Utah from 2005 to 2009, and as United States Ambassador to Singapore
      from 1992 to 1993, and China from 2009 to 2011. He has served in the
      administrations of five U.S. Presidents and was a candidate for the 2012
      Republican presidential nomination.[1] In January 2014, Huntsman was
      named chairman of the Washington-based foreign policy think-tank the
      Atlantic Council.[2]

      He began his career as a White House staff
      assistant for Ronald Reagan, and was appointed Deputy Assistant
      Secretary of Commerce and United States Ambassador to Singapore by
      George H.W. Bush. Later as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative under George
      W. Bush, he launched global trade negotiations in Doha in 2001 and
      guided the accession of China into the World Trade Organization. He also
      served as CEO of his family-owned Huntsman Corporation and chairman of
      the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.

      While governor, he was named
      Chairman of the Western Governors Association, and joined the Executive
      Committee of the National Governors Association. Under his leadership,
      Utah was named the best managed state in America by the Pew Center on
      the States.[3] He won re-election in 2008 with nearly 78% of the vote
      and left office with approval ratings over 80%.[4]

      • juniemoon

        Hey, Tiger, thank you for the info on Huntsman. I appreciate it.

        • Tiger

          Welcome. I don’t think he is a bad guy but my choice is Bolton and for replacing Comey put Giuliani in as head of the FBI.

  • Mike N

    You have the perfect candidate in Bolton or even Gingrich. Why is Trump messing around when they are right before his eyes. Is he afraid that they are too strong and that he can’t control them?? Is he looking for “yes” men that will make him look good?

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