THE HUNTSMAN QUESTION
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.