Former Utah Gov. sworn in as ambassador to Russia

Former Utah Gov. Sworn in as Ambassador to Russia (Photo:KUTV) 

(KUTV) Former governor, Jon Huntsman Jr. was sworn in as the United States ambassador to Russia in front of family, friends, and colleagues Saturday afternoon in the State Capitol.

"We expect to rebuild from here,” the recently appointed diplomat said.

President Trump appointed Huntsman Jr. to the position earlier this summer. He previously served as an ambassador to China under the Obama Administration.

"We've really had a wonderful ride and we're so honored to be able to step up and do this again!" his wife, Mary Kay Huntsman said.

The new ambassador was surrounded by notable Republican politicians, including Gov. Gary Herbert and Rep. Mia Love.

"A nation calls and says, ‘Who is our best and brightest and who has the skills neccesary to see if we can't navigate and foster better relationships between the Ukraine and Russia?’ That call goes out to Jon M. Huntsman," said Herbert as he introduced the new ambassador.

Huntsman Jr. says establishing a foundation of honesty, trust, and transparency between the two powers would be paramount in his duties as a ambassador. He also expressed a desire to work cohesively with the Ukrainian government.

"If we are able to deal with the issues between our governments, we will be able to build a foundation for cooperation for other areas of mutual interests," Huntsman Jr. said.

"I hope that we have reached a point of stability in our bilateral relationship and they cycle of retaliation has cased."

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