Trump wants Jets owner, former Dodgers co-owner as US envoys

Posted June 23, 2017

President Trump formally nominated Robert "Woody" Johnson, a billionaire sports team owner, as U.S. ambassador to Britain last night. Johnson has owned the Jets since 2000, and served more than 30 years as chairman and CEO of private asset-management firm The Johnson Group in NY.

President Donald Trump says he'll nominate New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, former LA Dodgers co-owner Jamie McCourt to be USA ambassadors. Johnson, 69, has always been the rumored front-runner for the position, but Thursday Trump made things official.

At the time the appointment was welcomed as a "stylish" choice as the US's top diplomat in London, also known as ambassador to the Court of St James's.

Read: Who Is Callista Gingrich? He was then named the finance chair of the president's inaugural committee in November. Both have been major Republican donors, and Johnson is a longtime friend of Trump's.

Before the announcement was confirmed, the Jets issued a statement to suggest it was impending.

'Over the years, we have learned that ownership of the New York Jets is a special responsibility. Johnson's absence should have little-to-zero effect on the team.

Under the Obama administration, Robert Tuttle (2005-2009), Louis Susman (2009-2013) and Matthew Barzun (2013-2017) served as ambassador to the United Kingdom.

"On behalf of the entire organization, we would be extremely proud to see Woody nominated and confirmed as U.S. Ambassador", team president Neil Glat said. The mansion stands in second place after Buckingham Palace in terms of largest private gardens in the British capital, the Telegraph reported. Mr. Johnson is the Founding Chairman of Lupus Research Alliance, the largest non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of lupus.

Additionally, Trump has nominated Jamie McCourt to become the Ambassador to Belgium.