Trump Eyes Biegun as Ambassador to Russia

      August 12, 2019 12:55

      Stephen Biegun

      U.S. President Donald Trump is considering Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun as the next ambassador to Russia, according to online news outlet Vox.

      If Biegun is appointed, it will leave a vacuum at the heart of the U.S.' efforts to persuade North Korea to denuclearize.

      "President Donald Trump's top choice for the next U.S. ambassador to Russia is someone he'd be moving from one tough diplomatic assignment to another: Stephen Biegun, the man who has spent the last year (fruitlessly) trying to strike a nuclear deal with North Korea, is Trump's likely choice," Vox said Friday.

      On Aug. 7, the Wall Street Journal reported that Jon Huntsman, the current U.S. ambassador to Russia, will leave his post in October and named Biegun as one of the candidates for his replacement.

      Majoring in Russian studies and politics at the University of Michigan, Biegun lived in Moscow in 1992-1994, working for the International Republican Institute. Currently, he is also on the board of the nonprofit U.S. Russia Foundation.

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