Richard Grenell

An Outspoken US Envoy for Berlin

  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Richard Grenell will be the envoy to one of the US’ most important allies at time when transatlantic relations are shaky.

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    Facts

    • Mr. Grenell is the longest serving US spokesman to the UN.
    • He was the first openly gay spokesman for a Republican presidential candidate, but was forced to step down.
    • The post of US ambassador to Germany has been vacant since January.
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Berlin calling. Source: DPA

Richard Grenell, who if confirmed by the Senate will become the first openly gay appointee of the Trump Administration, is almost as fond of his Twitter feed as Trump himself. He shares a lot on social media, even for a media personality. Retweets range from blasts at former President Barack Obama to inspirational messages from fellow cancer survivors. He posts selfies with his partner of 14 years, Matt, and their dog. He loves Britney Spears so much he saw her concert twice in one week.

Now Mr. Grenell’s Twitter followers will be privy to a new and important chapter in the communications specialist’s career. The appointment has not been officially announced, but it was leaked to several news outlets and basically confirmed by Mr. Grenell himself – where else but on Twitter? – with a photo from the Oval Office captioned, “Thank you, Mr. President!”

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