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Trump To Name NY Jets Owner Ambassador To UK

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent

President-elect Donald Trump will reportedly name Woody Johnson, the owner of the New York Jets, to be the U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James.

Trump indicated the appointment at a leadership dinner at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., Thursday. While sitting next to Johnson, he reportedly said he was “sitting next to the ambassador Woody Johnson, going to Saint James,” according to NBC New York.

Johnson is a well-known Republican donor who served as the finance chairman for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, before serving as the vice chairman of the Trump campaign’s victory committee. Johnson held several high-profile fundraisers for Trump.

High-profile donors are traditional ambassadorial choices to close Western allies. President Barack Obama named his former 2012 National Finance Chairman Matthew Barzun as his ambassador to the UK between 2013 and 2017.

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