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Trump to nominate NFL team owner Johnson as US ambassador to Britain

  • Johnson had previously been tipped as ambassador by Trump
  • Owns New York Jets football team
The Union Flag flies near the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, June 7, 2017.
Clodagh Kilcoyne | Reuters
The Union Flag flies near the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, June 7, 2017.

President Donald Trump will nominate National Football League team owner Woody Johnson as U.S. ambassador to Britain, the White House said on Thursday.

Johnson, a billionaire investor and owner of the New York Jets, will require Senate confirmation to take up the diplomatic post. Johnson's nomination does not come as a surprise. In January, Trump referred to Johnson as "ambassador" during remarks at a luncheon and said the NFL team owner was "going to St. James."