Donald Trump to name New York Jets owner Woody Johnson as ambassador to the UK

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20th January 2017

Donald Trump has announced that an NFL franchise owner will be America's new ambassador to the UK. 

Donald Trump introduced him as "Ambassador Woody Johnson"
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Mr Trump - who will officially become the USA's 45th president later today - introduced Woody Johnson at a pre-inauguration lunch in Washington yesterday as “Ambassador Woody Johnson, going to Saint James”.

The post is formally known as the Ambassador of the United States to the Court of St James.

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Mr Johnson backed Jeb Bush’s unsuccessful run to be Republican candidate before switching his support when Mr Trump had seen off his rivals for the nomination.

The billionaire is a descendant of the founders of the Johnson & Johnson company. He runs a private investment firm and has owned the New York Jets American football team since 2000.

Sir Kim Darroch, the UK’s ambassador to Washington, responded on Twitter: