President Donald Trump intends to nominate Richard Grenell, a former spokesman for the U.S. mission to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, to be the next ambassador to Germany, the White House announced Friday.
Grenell, a prominent supporter of Trump, was previously said to be in the running for NATO ambassador, before former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who sources told POLITICO was Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s preferred choice, was tapped for the post in late June.
He reportedly had been under consideration for the ambassadorship since June. In the announcement Friday, the White House hailed Grenell’s history of public service as the “longest serving United States spokesman at the United Nations (2001-2008) having served four United States Ambassadors.”
Politico notes that Grenell is “known for his sharp tongue on social media.” Yeah.
RELATED: In 2012 Grenell served as Mitt Romney’s foreign policy spokesman for about ten minutes until American Family Association radio host Bryan Fischer screamed bloody murder. Grenell then resigned, saying his effectiveness was “greatly diminished by the hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues.” Last fall Grenell spawned outrage when he accused NBC reporter Katy Tur of sleeping her way into her job. In June 2016 Grenell launched a trans-exploitive ad campaign attacking California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on gun control.