One-time key Huntsman campaign aide calls on him to resign Russian ambassadorship after Trump-Putin summit

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., U.S. Ambassador to Russia, talks with family and friends during an Ambassadorial Swearing in Ceremony at the Utah Capitol Saturday, October 7, 2017.

The former campaign strategist for ex-Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s 2012 presidential campaign called on Huntsman to resign as Russian ambassador Monday in protest of President Donald Trump, who seemed to give credance to President Vladimir Putin’s denial of meddling in the U.S. election.

John Weaver, a longtime Republican operative who served as the main campaign strategist for Huntsman’s short-lived presidential bid, tweeted “@JonHuntsman Resign, if you have any honor.”

“I know Ambassador Huntsman to be a man of honor and proud of his service to America," Weaver later told The Salt Lake Tribune. “If he wants to preserve that honor, the greatest service he can do for the country he loves is to speak the truth he knows and resign with his integrity intact."

Weaver also worked on the GOP presidential campaigns of Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Arizona Sen. John McCain, both of whom were highly critical of Trump’s performance Monday — McCain saying Trump had “abased himself ... before a tyrant" and calling the damage to the U.S. “difficult to calculate.”

Huntsman had not spoken publicly since a Sunday talk show appearance when he had predicted the Russian attempt to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election would likely be a topic of conversation in the Helsinki meeting of Trump and Putin.

A request for comment through a spokeswoman was not immediately returned.

Huntsman’s daughter Fox News anchor Abby Huntsman tweeted that the president had thrown the country and its State Department “under the bus.”

“No negotiation is worth throwing your own people and country under the bus,” she tweeted.

Tribune Washington Bureau Chief Thomas Burr contributed to this report.

Editor’s note • Ambassador Jon Huntsman is a brother of Paul Huntsman, owner and publisher of The Salt Lake Tribune.