The World Affairs Council’s loss is the world stage’s gain.
President Donald Trump appointed Jon Huntsman to be Ambassador to Russia on Wednesday. And for Jacksonville residents, there were hints that deal was struck hours before it went out to the media Wednesday evening.
An internal email to World Affairs Council members told the tale around midday:
“Jon Huntsman, Jr., our March 14 Global Issues Evening speaker, is unable to join us due to rapidly unfolding responsibilities in Washington, D.C. I am sure that you are as disappointed as I am, but know that he is keen to speak to the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville, and has even asked for a ‘rain check’ to do so. We will work to reschedule Ambassador Huntsman.”
Huntsman will be replaced on Mar. 14 by Gen. Philip Breedlove, a four-star Air Force general who helmed the U.S. European Command and NATO’s European Command.
With security anomalies in Europe becoming regularities, Breedlove will have plenty to talk about.