Huntsman to step down
January 31st, 2011
06:08 PM ET
12 years ago

Huntsman to step down

Washington (CNN) - U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman submitted a hand-delivered letter of resignation to President Obama Monday, effective April 30th, according to two senior administration officials.

The news comes amid speculation that the former Utah governor will run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

At the White House briefing Monday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the administration expected the ambassador to leave his post in the first part of 2011.

"Ambassador Huntsman has told a number - told several people inside this building that he plans to leave in the first part of - during the first part of this year," Gibbs said. "The president, and I think the American people, expect that somebody that holds the post of ambassador from the United States to China would dedicate their full energy and time to that position. And we believe that Ambassador Huntsman believes that as well."

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Unknown

    I'm a Democrat, but if Huntsman runs, even I may consider voting for him. He is at least more sane than Palin, Romney, and Huckabee

    January 31, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  2. descartes

    congratulations! wish you all the best Ambassador Huntsman!

    January 31, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  3. jeanette johnson

    They Have Been Giving President OBAMA A Hard Time Since He Been Commander In Cheif And I Personally Know One Thing God Put Him There, So Maclain Can Sit Them Short Arms Down And Those Racist Republcans Can Sit Down Because They Ain,t Godbefore Its All Over God Still Got The Last Word.

    January 31, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. Scott of Utah

    I'd love it if somehow he won the GOP nomination. I support Obama, but Huntsman was a wonderful moderate Governor. That would be a tough choice between two good leaders. I cringe at the thought of the beating he will take from the ultra-conservatives in the primary, and the related pandering he will have to do for the republican base. Good luck Jon Jr.

    January 31, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
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