USA ambassador in Moscow resigns

USA ambassador in Moscow resigns

US media previously reported that Huntsman - the former governor of Utah - wanted his old role back.

Huntsman sent Trump the letter Tuesday morning, and there is speculation that he is moving back to his home state to mount a second run for governor, a role which he served between 2005 and 2009.

"I am honored by the trust you have placed in me as the United States ambassador to Russian Federation during this historically hard period in bilateral relations", the newspaper quotes Huntsman's letter as saying. "Failure is not an option, and the people on both sides deserve better".

President Donald Trump named him ambassador to Russian Federation in 2017, as the USA investigated Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election.

Mr Huntsman, 59, whose resignation is effective Oct. 3, said he informed Mr Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of his and his family's decision to leave the post he has served in since October 2017. Asked about their conversation on Russian interference in the 2016 election, Trump defended Putin over the conclusions of USA intelligence agencies. Several months after resigning as Ambassador, Huntsman entered the crowded field for the 2012 Republican nomination for President and, while his campaign seemed promising at the start, he never really caught fire and ultimately dropped out of the race in January 2012, endorsing Mitt Romney.

Huntsman's time as ambassador was hard from the beginning.

If he runs for governor, Huntman will face Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox in the Republican primary. Huntsman said that "children should not be used as pawns in diplomatic disputes".

Mary Kaye and I have given this sensitive assignment our very best. They have endured unprecedented expulsions, forced departures, and enormous professional disruptions.

Voicing appreciation for the team he's worked with, the ambassador adds that the Mission Russia team "is first-rate and every American would be proud of their work". Their efforts away from loved ones, in one of the world's most forbidding environments, are nothing short of inspiring. He will leave office October 3, two years to the day he assumed the office.

Most sincerely, Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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