- The Washington Times - Monday, July 23, 2018

Robert Gehrke, a Salt Lake City Tribune columnist, recently suggested that U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman resign his post.

“Ambassador Huntsman, you work for a pawn, not a president. It’s time to come home,” Mr. Gehrke wrote in the wake of President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week.

Mr. Huntsman — former governor of Utah and a presidential hopeful — replied Sunday to this suggestion in a letter to the very same newspaper.

“As America’s envoy to Russia, I am appointed by the president but confirmed by the Senate. I am charged with representing our country’s interests, which in the case of Russia are complex and often little understood. Popular punditry is ill-suited to describing the acts of courage, dedication and patriotism I regularly witness as chief of Mission overseeing one of America’s most sensitive overseas outposts,” wrote Mr. Huntsman, a former U.S. ambassador to both Singapore and China who served in the Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush administrations — and who speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.

“I have taken an unscientific survey among my colleagues, whom you reference, about whether I should resign. The laughter told me everything I needed to know,” Mr. Huntsman observed.

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