Mike Huckabee Denies Reports He Was Picked As Trump’s Ambassador to Israel

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) listens as fellow candidate Mike Huckabee speaks to veterans at Drake University on January 28, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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TEL AVIV – Reacting to a flurry of news media reports, Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee took to Twitter on Friday to deny that he was asked by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as America’s next ambassador to Israel.

The Daily Mail, which originally quoted an official within the Trump transition team naming Huckabee as being selected as U.S. ambassador to Israel, released an updated report:

‘Media buzz that I was named Amb to Israel is NOT true,’ Huckabee tweeted Friday night. ‘Was never discussed with PE Trump; slot probably not picked until State Dept in place.’

Huckabee was reacting to a presidential transition official who told DailyMail.com that he would be headed to the Holy Land as America’s top diplomat in the Jewish state.

And, the official had said, Huckabee’s first order of business as the tip of Trump’s spear in the region would be moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

‘That’s going to happen,’ the transition official said Friday morning. ‘Governor Huckabee is going to see it through.’

The International Business Times had cited the Jerusalem Post as further reporting several members of Trump’s transition team had confirmed the Huckabee pick.

Aaron Klein is Breitbart’s Jerusalem bureau chief and senior investigative reporter. He is a New York Times bestselling author and hosts the popular weekend talk radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.” Follow him on Twitter @AaronKleinShow. Follow him on Facebook.