Jon Huntsman, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to Russia, took a firm stance against Russia and its interference in the 2016 presidential election during his confirmation hearing Tuesday. “There is no question — underline no question — that the Russia government interfered with the U.S. election last year and Moscow continues to meddle in processes of our friends and allies,” Huntsman told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in his opening statement. Trump has at times questioned the finding by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia was behind the interference in an effort to hurt Democrat Hillary Clinton and ultimately help him win the White House.
Huntsman, a Republican who previously served as Utah governor and was President Barack Obama’s first ambassador to China, said that while he felt confident his experience has prepared him for the job, he was “under no illusion” that serving as ambassador to Russia would be “easy or simple.”
“Our relationship with Russia is among the most consequential and complex foreign policy challenges we face,” Huntsman said.