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Huntsman told Obama he's 'a remarkable leader'

FILE - President Obama stands with Jon Huntsman at a town hall style event with Chinese youths at the Museum of Science and Technology in Shanghai in 2009. (AP)

This isn't the first time Jon Huntsman's work for the Obama administration has been an issue. And it won't the last, especially if Huntsman -- who is leaving his post as U.S. ambassador to China -- ends up running for the GOP presidential nomination.

The Daily Caller reports:

“You are a remarkable leader,” Huntsman wrote to Obama in an Aug. 16, 2009 note, underlining the word “remarkable,” “and it has been a great honor getting to know you.”

The letter thanks Obama for “the graciousness and kindness you have shown me and my family – particularly your confidence in my ability to represent you in China.” Huntsman said he was “leaving behind a state we love – but anticipating an extraordinary experience in Beijing.”

The response from Huntsman's camp:

Reached for comment about the letters, a political strategist who supports Huntsman tried to pin their release on the Obama White House.

“Need further proof that the White House fears Jon Huntsman? I think not,” the source said.

The person who sent the letters to TheDC did so on the condition their identity not be disclosed.