White House sees Biegun fit to be next ambassador to Moscow - media

White House sees Biegun fit to be next ambassador to Moscow - media

The White House is discussing whether to replace outgoing U.S. ambassador to Moscow Jon Huntsman with special representative for North Korea Steve Biegun, two administration officials tell CNN.

Administration officials noted that Biegun's experience working on international government relations for Ford Motors would make him well suited to work on U.S.-Russia trade relations, an area Trump wants to focus on.

Biegun is seen as a fit for the challenging diplomatic post because of his extensive experience on Russia and in Washington. He served on the National Security Council as its executive secretary under President George W. Bush and spent 14 years working as a congressional aide in both the House and the Senate.

Biegun received a bachelor's degree in Russian language and political science from the University of Michigan and later served as in-country director for the International Republican Institute in Moscow from 1992 to 1994. He has also as served on the board of the nonprofit U.S.-Russia Foundation for Economic Development and the Rule of Law, and Freedom House.

Biegun did not reply to CNN queries asking if he would be interested in the job, but a source close to the Michigan native suspects he would be - especially because of how slowly diplomacy has been moving with North Korea.

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