Trump names New York Jets owner Woody Johnson as his UK ambassador

Donald Trump announced in a speech on Thursday that New York Jets owner Woody Johnson will serve as the next United States ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Trump made the announcement at a luncheon in Washington honoring supporters, according to Reuters.

The move is expected to have a big impact on the Jets as Johnson has been heavily involved in the day-to-day operations of the franchise and that will have to change.

In early January, Pro Football Talk reported that Johnson had been making arrangements to hand over day-to-day control of his football team to his younger brother, Christopher Wold Johnson. He will also presumably represent Johnson on three NFL committees: the media committee; business ventures; and the finance committee.

Johnson, 69, is the CEO of Johnson Company, Inc., and a longtime donor to the Republican Party. During the GOP primary race, Johnson served as the national finance chairman for the Jeb Bush campaign.

During that time, Trump sent the following tweet:

In May, Johnson endorsed Trump for president.

Johnson is not the first NFL owner to take a government job. From 2009 to 2012, Steelers owner Dan Rooney served as the US ambassador to Ireland.

Trump's official picks for Cabinet and administration positions
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Trump's official picks for Cabinet and administration positions

Counselor to the President: Kellyanne Conway

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Veterans Affairs Secretary: David Shulkin

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Transportation secretary: Elaine Chao

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Energy secretary: Rick Perry

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Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson

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Secretary of Defense: Retired Marine General James Mattis

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Chief of staff: Reince Priebus

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Chief strategist: Steve Bannon


Attorney General: Senator Jeff Sessions

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Director of the CIA: Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo

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Deputy national security adviser: K.T. McFarland

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White House counsel: Donald McGahn

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Ambassador to the United Nations: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

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Education secretary: Betsy DeVos

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Commerce secretary: Wilbur Ross

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Homeland security secretary: General John Kelly

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Housing and urban development secretary: Ben Carson

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Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt

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Health and human services secretary: Tom Price

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Department of Homeland Security: Retired General John Kelly

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Secretary of agriculture: Sonny Perdue

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