WASHINGTON â? Newly arrived in Russia, U. S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman is promising their hosts to be âpracticalâ when it comes to relationships damaged by Moscowâs invasions associated with Georgia and Ukraine and by claimed meddling in the 2016 election.
âItâs no secret weâre at a low point in the U.S.-Russian relationship,â Huntsman says in a video made to introduce himself to the people associated with Russia and posted a week ago around the official website of the U. T. Embassy in Moscow.
As chief excutive of Utah, as a successful business owner, and as President Barack Obamaâs initial ambassador to China, âIâve always made a career out of finding practical solutions to tough problems,â Huntsman says in the video.
âI look forward to engaging Russiaâs leaders to find practical solutions to the many challenges that face todayâs relationship,â Huntsman continues. âWhere we donât agree, Iâll represent Americaâs values and interests with straight talk and Iâll listen with respect and an open mind.â
The promise to be âpracticalâ echoes Trumpâs own outlook toward Russia â? his eagerness to get common ground despite the unprecedented getting from the U. S. intelligence neighborhood that Moscow tried to shape the end result of the 2016.
Videos like the a single recorded by Huntsman, who effortlessly won confirmation in late September, are typical tools for U. S. ambassadors to introduce themselves to the nations where theyâre posted. State Division officials have told Yahoo Information that local television outlets occasionally run clips when a new ambassador presents his or her credentials.
Bill Hagerty, the envoy to Japan, utilized his video to say heâd advertise U. S. culture and to guarantee an âironcladâ commitment to that allyâs security â? an important message at the same time of escalating tensions with close by North Korea. (Hagertyâs video, photo at his home in Nashville, also includes a photograph of the future diplomat in Japan more than 20 yrs ago).
The video from previous Sen. Scott Brown, now ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, includes shots of Brownâs snow-covered home, his collection of guitars plus remarkably candid talk about his hard upbringing.
âMy mom and dad have been divorced four times each, and I lived in 17 houses by the time I was 18,â Brown says, just before referring to struggles with âdrunken stepfathers, a lot of physical abuse in the familyâ plus economic hardships.
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