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President-elect Donald Trump to Names NY Jets Owner Woody Johnson Ambassador to UK

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President-elect Donald Trump to Names NY Jets Owner Woody Johnson Ambassador to UK

BY Matthew Long

@mattlongsports

President-elect Donald Trump revealed in a speech on Thursday that he intends to name New York Jets owner Woody Johnson as his ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Initially reported by CNBC:

It is not an unprecedented move to appoint an NFL owner as the ambassador of the United State, outgoing president Barak Obama appointed Pittsburg Steelers owner Don Rooney as the ambassador to Ireland. Rooney held the position from 2009 to 2012.

As Rooney did in 2009, Johnson will give up day-to-day control of the team, which he stated he had planned to do in an interview with Pro Football Talk. His younger brother Christopher Johnson will assume the day-to-day responsibilities of the Jets. Woody will remain as owner of the franchise has he has since 2000 with he purchased the team.

Although he has not official government experience, Woody who turns 70 in April, was the National Fiance Chairman for Jeb Bush’s campaign and has been and longtime Republican donor. He has also been serving as the Vice Chairman of Trump’s Victory Committee, was named to the Presidential Inaugural Committee, and has hosted a number of the Trump campaign’s high-dollar fundraisers.

Former President George W. Bush was the beneficiary of at least $300,000 in his two elections, and Arizona Senator John McCain’s campaign in 2008 is said to have received around $500,000.

GOP Presidental Nominee Mitt Romney was said to have received campaign dollars from Johnson, however, both Romney and Trump have refused to release their donor lists of the names and amount each donor contributed.

 

[Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports]

 

 

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President-elect Donald Trump to Names NY Jets Owner Woody Johnson Ambassador to UK
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