Jets owner appears to be next United Kingdom ambassador

News was the first to report Thursday that Donald Trump will appoint New York Jets owner Woody Johnson as the next USA ambassador to the Britain after the president-elect is sworn in Friday, a move that has been expected for some time.

"Congratulations, Woody", said Mr Trump in the presidential ballroom of Trump International hotel in Washington DC, on the eve of his swearing in as the 45th United States president. In 2009, President Obama appointed Steelers owner Dan Rooney as US ambassador to Ireland. Of that wasn't enough, the president-elect also tossed in a "Congratulations, Woody", at the end of his speech.

Earlier this month, Johnson called reports linking him to the ambassadorship "speculation", but added, "It would be an honor to be considered for something like that".

He started the 2016 campaign as ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's finance chairman, drawing a critical tweet from Trump last January that dinged both Johnson and his football team.

Mr Johnson later pledged his support to the real-estate mogul when it became clear he would be the party's nominee.

The two men have a relationship that spans back almost three decades.

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