Owner of New York Jets to become United States ambassador to the UK

Donald Trump disclosed Thursday that he has tapped Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets American football team, to be his ambassador to Britain, in what may have been an inadvertent revelation.

Trump revealed the pick during a pre-inauguration luncheon in Washington, D.C., telling audience members Johnson is "going to St. James", giving a nod to the Court of St. James's that formally represents the USA ambassador.

All ambassadors to the United Kingdom are officially known as ambassadors to the Court of St. James's. But Trump also previously singled out Johnson, who first served as finance chairman on Jeb Bush's campaign, for criticism.

Johnson's appointment under Trump's impending presidency is not a surprise.

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The news likely means that Johnson will turn day-to-day operations of the Jets over to someone else.

The heir to the pharmaceutical and consumer products company Johnson & Johnson threw his support behind Mr Trump when it was clear he would be the party's nominee, however.

But Johnson became a big-time donor to Trump's presidential bid, and hosted a number of high-dollar fundraisers for him later in the cycle.

Pittsburgh Steelers' Dan Rooner was ambassador to Ireland between 2009 and 2012.