I read the Aug. 6 Salt Lake Tribune article: “Jon Huntsman resigns as U.S. Ambassador to Russia to return to Utah for possible run for governor.” I think it was a smart move on Huntsman’s part to resign as ambassador, which will be effective as of Oct. 3, for a variety of reasons.
The first, and most obvious, reason is another possible run for Utah governor. However, there are a myriad of other logical reasons for resigning now.
Diplomatic relations between Russia and the United States are almost akin to “walking on eggshells.” Huntsman probably wants to avoid the political fallout of this unseemly tightrope, whereby it is impossible to “please” everybody.
Additionally, the presidential election of 2020 is bound to re-open old scars of the 2016 race and the convoluted accusations of "interference" by Russia will remain, and Huntsman is rightfully dodging a bullet, so he won't be caught in the crossfire of reporters.
There are many opportunities for Jon Huntsman in Utah. He's wise to keep his options open, whether his future be in the public or private sector.
James A. Marples, Provo