Washington( CNN) The White House announced Tuesday evening that President Donald Trump has chosen former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman to be the American ambassador to Russia.

Huntsman had long been expected to be the official selection for the key diplomatic post, with sources telling CNN in March that he had accepted an offering for the job.

Huntsman served as the US ambassador to China during the Obama administration, and launched an unsuccessful presidential bid in 2012. Trump had also reportedly considered Huntsman for secretary of state.