8 Things to Know About Trump's Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman

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(Photo: Reuters/Chris Keane)Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman recently voiced his support for same-sex marriage.

Republican politician and veteran ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. has accepted the nomination to become the United States ambassador to Russia.

President Donald Trump announced his selection of Huntsman for the position on Wednesday, with the former governor of Utah officially accepting the nomination on Thursday.

"Despite differences in opinion on policy voiced by Huntsman during the campaign, Trump received his endorsement during the 2016 presidential election up until the October leak of an audio tape in which Trump boasted about groping women," reported ABC.

"The position of ambassador to Russia has taken on greater importance in recent weeks in the wake of revelations that a number of Trump administration officials made contact with a Russian diplomat prior to Trump's inauguration."

Here, in no particular order, are eight interesting facts about Huntsman. They include his religious beliefs, past federal government experience, and former presidential aspirations.

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