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

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  • 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

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."