Ambassador Jon M. Huntsman Jr. Photo by The U.S. Department of State.

Jon Huntsman U.S. Ambassador to Russia to Resign in the Fall

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Tuesday the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, resigned his post effective October 3rd.

According to his letter which was published by The Salt Lake Tribune, Huntsman explains that while he is honored by the trust placed in him by President Trump during what Huntsman calls a “historically difficult period in bilateral relations,” with Russia, it is his and his families desire to return home to Utah.

CNN notes that there is speculation that Huntsman may attempt to run for governor of Utah, a post he held between 2005 to 2009, but according to an unnamed source, that decision is up in the air, “we shall see, it’s been a long two years.”

The Wall Street Journal reports that it isn’t clear at this time who might replace Huntsman, names that have been floated include Stephen Biegun, the chief U.S. negotiator with North Korea, or current Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell.

Though Huntsman’s last day ins’t until October 3rd, his resignation comes amid other notable departures from the Trump Administration, including Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, who as Snip Bytes reported is out on August 15th and National Security Council official on Russian Affairs, Fiona Hill.

Hill’s last day according to CNN is sometime this summer, her replacement is expected to be Tim Morrison an arms control specialist.