US Amb. to China John Huntsman Resigns to Pursue Possible Run for Republican Presidential Nomination

Jan 31, 2011 6:32pm

Earlier we reported that the U.S. Ambassador to China, former Utah Governor John Huntsman, was expected by White House officials to resign to pursue a campaign against President Obama.

Now he has. A White House official confirms that Huntsman delivered a letter of resignation to the White House Monday and that he expects to be out of his job as ambassador by April 30th.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs addressed Huntsman’s impending departure at today’s press briefing. 

Earlier this month Huntsman, while attending a State Dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao, Huntsman told reporters he was “loyal to my country and our president.” That is a president Huntsman will now consider trying to defeat at the ballot box in November of 2012.

President Obama joked during the Chinese State visit that Huntsman’s job as an ambassador in the Obama administration could hurt him in the Republican primary.

-Jake Tapper


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