Richard Grenell was the longest serving US spokesman at the United Nations. He is a FOX News Foreign Policy contributor. Richard is pro-life and pro-Second Amendment. If you have ever heard Richard on FOX you know he is a total conservative and very much pro-Trump. Four months ago, it was announced that Grenell was nominated by President Trump to serve as ambassador to Germany; this appointment would make Grenell the first openly gay US Ambassador pick for President Donald Trump and will be the highest ranking gay ambassador in US history… if he is ever allowed to start work.
After being delayed by the Democrats, Grenell has made his way through a Foreign Relations Committee hearing, passed the committee vote, and now has been met with more red tape – this time from Mitch McConnell who is refusing to schedule the vote for Grenell’s confirmation as US Ambassador to Germany.
McConnell’s delay in calling this vote is not only just holding back a major win for Republicans, but drawing the ire of German politicians who are growing impatient with the Senate’s procrastination.
“America needs a voice in Germany!” read the headline last week of a commentary piece by Florian von Heintze, the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of BILD. “When the German-America relationship suffers, that damages Germany. We have no more an important ally in the world.
“Ric Grenell has already been nominated for ambassador. He is a man who has a direct line to the president and is a heavyweight in matters of foreign policy.” The BILD is widely viewed as mandatory reading by German politicians and policy makers because of its high circulation.
Politicians from Germany’s leading political parties have similarly weighed in.
“Richard Grenell has a strong and convincing background in foreign policy with his long term experience at the United Nations and in other positions,” Uwe Becker, the deputy mayor of the German city of Frankfurt and a prominent member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party, told Fox News before Thursday’s vote. “Not having a serving American ambassador under the American flag besides the Brandenburg Gate is not a good symbol for the deep friendship that we have with the United States.”
With German press and German politicians calling for Grenell’s appointment to be finally solidified, why is McConnell holding it back? The confirmation falls squarely in his hands, would be a major win for the Trump Administration (which is still not tired of winning), and would only serve to strengthen US-German relations. So why is Mitch McConnell holding this back? Maybe we should ask him.
Give Mitch a call, ask him why he is sitting on an appointment that was already delayed by the Democrats by FOUR MONTHS:
Mitch McConnell’s DC Office (202) 224-2541