THE HUNTS­MAN QUES­TION

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For­mer Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Jon Hunts­man’s name has sur­faced on the rar­efied ros­ter of those who could be sec­re­tary of state. There is an in­ter­est­ing dy­namic here, par­tic­u­larly as diplo­matic re­la­tions with China grow baroque. Mr. Hunts­man speaks flaw­less Chi­nese and was the for­mer U.S. am­bas­sador to both Sin­ga­pore and China. His com­pe­ti­tion for the ap­point­ment is said to in­clude John R. Bolton, Mitt Rom­ney and ExxonMo­bil CEO Rex Tiller­son.

Has Mr. Hunts­man had a visit with Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald

Trump to pass be­fore the cel­e­brated el­e­va­tor cam at Trump Tower? “I am greatly hon­ored that my name is in the mix in an ex­panded, large group of peo­ple. I have not had the meet­ing,” Mr. Hunts­man tells Fox Busi­ness Net­work. “It says some­thing about the pres­i­dent-elect that he’s tak­ing this job very se­ri­ously, he’s re­view­ing the can­di­dates, look­ing at the is­sues, bring­ing in dif­fer­ent voices who maybe see dif­fer­ently Amer­ica’s role in the world. That’s a good thing.”

Mr. Hunts­man, 56 and the fa­ther of seven, has dab­bled in pol­i­tics since his White House run in 2012, co-found­ing No La­bels, an in­ter­est group pro­mot­ing bi­par­ti­san­ship and co­op­er­a­tion.

“I have no idea what lies ahead. You’ll have to talk to the tran­si­tion team. When your name is floated, there might be a fol­low-up call, there might not be. We’ll have to wait and see,” he says.

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