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

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
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

WASHINGTON (WPVI) -- 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.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.