First came the rumors that President Obama's Ambassador to China, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R), was planning to resign (and maybe run for president.) Then came White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' confirmation that Huntsman was on the way out (to maybe run for president.) Now comes news that Huntsman has officially tendered his resignation and plans to return to the US by May, which gives him plenty of time to...well, you know.
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Politico's Mike Allen reports Huntsman has tendered his resignation from the embassy in China effective this spring, giving him a little over half a year to scale up a presidential campaign -- should he so choose -- by the time of the first nominating contests early next year.
In his letter, Huntsman reportedly "thanks Obama for the opportunity to serve the country and praises the U.S. embassy staff in Beijing." Obama has praised Huntsman's tenure as ambassador, though Allen reports behind the scenes White House officials "are furious at what they consider an audacious betrayal."