President Donald Trump is now seriously considering Richard Grenell, the controversial U.S. ambassador to Germany, to replace Nikki Haley at the United Nations, according to three people familiar with the matter.
Grenell met with officials at the White House last week to discuss the job, according to two administration officials.
At a separate White House meeting on Wednesday, several members of the president’s national security team mentioned Grenell’s name when asked to recommend their favored candidates for the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. position, two other administration officials said.
Grenell, you may recall, caused a firestorm immediately upon taking the Germany post when he breached diplomatic protocol by telling Breitbart that he wants to “empower” Europe’s far-right. Left wing parties in Germany then called for Grenell’s expulsion.
During the 2012 presidential campaign, Grenell served as Mitt Romney’s foreign policy advisor for about two days before hate group spokesman Bryan Fischer launched a successful campaign for his removal. Grenell then “resigned” for the good of the campaign. Yeah.
Grenell is very tight with John Bolton, for whom he was spokesman when Bolton was UN Ambassador under George W. Bush.
In related news, yesterday far-right GOP House Rep. Steve King followed hate group leader Tony Perkins in endorsing Michele Bachmann for the ambassadorship.
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) October 18, 2018
Nikki, not Niki. I would think you of all people would not be so frugal with your Ks.
— Michael Abromowitz (@FootballExpert) October 18, 2018