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Trump nominates NFL team owner as envoy to Britain

Trump nominates NFL team owner as envoy to Britain

The New York Jets haven't made the playoffs since 2010, but owner Woody Johnson is in line for a promotion. The White House announced that the decision was finalized later that same day, which means Johnson will be required to live in the United Kingdom for at least three years.

He's the great-grandson of the founder of Johnson & Johnson, the health care products manufacturer. Not very much. The Johnson family purchased the franchise in January 2000, however, Woody has had very little to do with drafts, scouting, etc.in recent years. It is more common now for presidents to name political fundraisers to ambassador roles.

Mr Johnson raised money for Mr Trump's presidential campaign and donated funds to help pay for inaugural festivities. Johnson also hosted high-dollar fundraisers for Trump's campaign.




There was no explanation for the five-month delay between Mr Johnson being identified as Mr Trump's pick and his formal nomination.

In March, Johnson accompanied his older brother to the owners' meetings in Phoenix, a clear indication he was poised to take over.

Johnson will replace Matthew Barzun, who was appointed by Obama in 2013. While his predecessor Barack Obama said Britain would be "at the back of the queue" if it voted to leave the European Union, Trump initially promised a quick trade deal with the United Kingdom before appearing to prioritise an agreement with the bloc it is leaving.


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