Jon Huntsman, the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, reportedly will return from Moscow by the end of the year, sources told The Atlantic, as he weighs a campaign to be governor of Utah again.
"It's not idle chatter," Huntsman's former governor campaign manager Chuck Warren told The Atlantic. "He's seriously considering it."
Amb. Huntsman has served in Moscow since 2017 and was previously governor of Utah from 2004-'09. Sources say he had always planned just a two-year term as President Donald Trump's ambassador in Moscow, but Huntsman declined to comment on this report.
"[Huntsman's] making the rounds and talking to people about his prospects, doing his due diligence," Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce Chairman Derek Miller told The Atlantic.
After U.S. ambassadors have been expelled from Russia and President Trump had a controversial summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin in Helsinski in 2018, calls for Amb. Huntsman's resignation came, but he has stayed on.
An ambassador resignation would not be a first for Huntsman, who resigned as former President Barack Obama's ambassador to China to launch a 2012 presidential campaign, per the report.
"Huntsman is going to have higher name ID, a stronger record to run on, and, of course, the money to back him up," Miller told The Atlantic. "He wouldn't have to raise a dime. That's hard to beat."
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