Donald Trump will nominate New York Jets owner Woody Johnson to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, the White House announced Thursday night.
The team said his younger brother Christopher Johnson would assume the role of chairman and CEO of the Jets once the elder Johnson’s nomination is approved by the Senate. He’ll still own the team while his younger brother oversees operations.
“The New York Jets have been an integral part of our family since 2000, but this is a unique opportunity for Woody. His patriotism and commitment to our country have always been a passion of his,” Christopher Johnson said in a statement.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Woody Johnson donated the individual limit of $2,700 to Trump in 2016. The Johnson Company owner was actually a huge Jeb Bush supporter. The family business donated $500,000 to Super PACs supporting him, and then Trump later took a shot at him when he served as Bush’s finance chairman.
Woody Johnson, owner of the NYJets, is @JebBush’s finance chairman. If Woody would’ve been w/me, he would’ve been in the playoffs, at least!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2016
Whatever differences the two had in the past seem to be squashed. In fact, Trump seems to admire pro team owners, as he also announced Jamie McCourt, an attorney and former co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, to be the U.S. ambassador to Belgium.