Washington is finally starting to work with President Trump. On Thursday the Senate confirmed Jon Huntsman as U.S. ambassador to Russia.
The Russia scandal has plagued Trump’s presidency. Relations between the U.S. and Russia are fraught with tension yet liberals are still harping on about supposed collusion. Huntsman himself testified that he believes the Russians interfered with the last election.
Now Trump will have a permanent envoy in Moscow. Diplomacy has largely been forgotten in the left’s crusade against Vladimir Putin, Huntsman’s new role may restore it. Pissing off Putin doesn’t help anyone. Russia’s not Afghanistan, if conflict broke out between us and Moscow it would be the start of WWIII.
Politico writes: “In addition to Huntsman, who previously served as ambassador to China and Singapore, the Senate also confirmed John Bass as the new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and Wess Mitchell as the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, a critical post for U.S.-Russian diplomatic efforts.”
Huntsman is going to have to play a tricky role. He’ll need to face off with Putin over Crimea as well as navigate the problem of sanctions. Both Russia and the U.S. have leveled political sanctions against each other in the last few months.
Honored and humbled to serve our great country as U.S. Ambassador to Russia. Looking forward to joining America's Embassy team in Moscow.
— Jon Huntsman (@JonHuntsman) September 28, 2017