Trump nominates American football team owner as envoy to Britain
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson has an extensive record for raising cash for Republicans. Last year, he was named a co- leader of Donald Trump’s national fundraising team.world Updated: Jun 23, 2017 17:04 IST
US President Donald Trump has announced he will formally nominate Republican fundraiser and American football team owner Woody Johnson to be his ambassador to Britain.
The pick had been expected since January, when the then president-elect announced his intention to tap Johnson as the envoy to Washington’s closest European ally during a leadership lunch with congressional Republicans and incoming cabinet members.
Johnson, 70, owns the New York Jets, a member of the National Football League, and has an extensive record for raising cash for Republicans. Last year he was named a co- leader of Trump’s national fundraising team.
He also comes from American enterprise royalty, being the heir to a vast Johnson & Johnson fortune. His great- grandfather founded the company in 1887, and it became a health care behemoth.
Incoming presidents often reward major supporters, donors or fundraisers with plum ambassador posts.
But the Trump administration is behind on filling key jobs.
Only nine of the state department’s 121 political appointee positions have been taken by confirmed nominees, and only a handful of the more than 70 vacant ambassadorial roles are filled.
First Published: Jun 23, 2017 17:04 IST