President Trump has appointed billionaire philanthropist Woody Johnson to become ambassador to the U.K. Better known as the owner of the New York Jets football team, Johnson, 70, is also heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical giant.
A major Republican fundraiser and longtime friend of the President, Johnson originally threw his support to Jeb Bush during the Republican primaries.
While he was battling for the nomination, Trump called Johnson’s backing of Bush an example of how the former Florida governor was pandering to big-money interests. Trump even mocked the Jets’ abysmal record in a tweet.
Woody Johnson, owner of the NYJets, is @JebBush’s finance chairman. If Woody would’ve been w/me, he would’ve been in the playoffs, at least!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2016
Johnson ultimately supported Trump when it was obvious that he would be the party’s nominee, serving as a loyal fundraiser and advisor during the general election campaign.
Johnson first needs Senate confirmation before taking up the post.
The idea of nominating Johnson for the plum appointment of Ambassador of the United States to the Court of St James came up in January, on the eve of Trump’s inauguration.
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokeswoman said, “We are looking forward to working with the new US ambassador once that is confirmed,” adding, “His close personal relationship with the president shows the commitment of the administration to the special relationship between our two countries.”
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