Trump nominates Jets owner as US ambassador

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President Donald Trump says he'll nominate New York Jets owner Woody Johnson to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Johnson raised money for Trump's presidential campaign and donated funds to help pay for inaugural festivities. Johnson is chairman and CEO of The Johnson Co., a private asset management firm in New York. He has owned the National Football League team since 2000. Johnson's nomination was expected after Trump made a public reference to it in January.

The Senate must confirm the nomination.

"On behalf of the entire organization, we would be extremely proud to see Woody nominated and confirmed as U.S. Ambassador. We could not be more excited for him and his family," said New York Jets President Neil Glat in a statement.

A spokesperson for the Jets says that if Johnson is approved for the position, then his brother and co-owner Christopher Johnson will take over as chairman and CEO.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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