ABC News: NY Jets owner Woody Johnson to become ambassador to UK

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson speaks during a press conference for D'Brickashaw Ferguson on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the team's practice facility in Florham Park, N.J (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirms to ABC News that Woody Johnson, the billionaire New York Jets owner, will be the next U.S. Ambassador to Britain.

President-elect Donald Trump appeared to have announced that Johnson would become the next ambassador earlier Thursday.

Trump was speaking at a luncheon in Washington when he introduced a guest as "sitting next to the ambassador Woody Johnson, going to Saint James."

Trump said, "Congratulations, Woody."

The appointment has not been formally announced, but Johnson was considered a favorite for the job. The billionaire businessman and philanthropist from the Johnson & Johnson family has known Trump for years.

Johnson originally backed Trump rival Jeb Bush in the GOP primary.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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