by Amna El Tawil
It looks like the next ambassador to the United States to the UK will be the owner of NY Jets, Woody Johnson. During a luncheon in Washington, the President-elect introduced the NFL tycoon as the ambassador which prompted media representatives to consider this, a pretty much, done deal.
The Guardian writes that Johnson is a 69-year-old businessman and philanthropist. He is also a longstanding Republican donor but came relatively late to supporting Donald Trump’s election campaign. He served as finance chairman on Jeb Bush’s campaign to win the Republican nomination until it collapsed in February last year. Johnson only endorsed Trump in May, but emerged as a major fundraiser in the final months of the campaign and served on his inaugural committee.
Once confirmed by the senate, Johnson will be the sixth businessman in a row to be appointed as ambassador to the UK, which has emerged as a top reward for wealthy campaign donors in the US political system.
The CNBC tweeted breaking the news to inform about the likely appointment of the next ambassador in the UK.
BREAKING: President-elect Trump will name the owner of NFL's NY Jets, Woody Johnson, to be ambassador to the United Kingdom, official says.
— CNBC (@CNBC) January 19, 2017
This triggered Twitter users to write their reactions.
— The Saddest American (@martinichaser15) January 19, 2017
@CNBC someone who has a team that has been on a decade losing streak will not be a us ambassador.
— VzA (@ValerieComplex) January 19, 2017
@CNBC Is he picking these out of a hat?
— Basudde (@bkajubi) January 19, 2017
@CNBC Make America 5-11 Again!
— Rootless Rob (@rootlessrob) January 19, 2017
Woody Johnson as UK ambassador? Like electing Donald Trump as president didn't make America the laughing stock of the world.
— Heather Thrasher (@TillytheMaid) January 19, 2017