After 15 months of controversy, the US will have ambassador in Germany. Richard Grenell, a former US spokesman at the United Nations and a longtime advisor for Republican political candidates, was voted by 56 to 42 senators on Thursday.
The job of the US Ambassador to Germany stayed vacant for 15 months. Donald Trump nominated Grenell to this position back in September 2017, but his choice aroused sharp criticism among the Democrats.
In particular, Trump’s protégé was accused of sexist statements about women on Twitter. In addition, some politicians have been infuriated when Grenell called possible meddling by the Kremlin in the American elections “overblown”.
Grenell was Trump’s companion in the early stages of the election campaign. In the past, he worked for seven years as the speaker of the American delegation to the UN. In the 1990s, Grenell confessed his homosexual orientation and advocated the legalization of same-sex marriages.
“Ric Grenell’s confirmation is historic for two reasons: He has now officially become the highest ranking openly gay official ever in a Republican administration. Second: Despite the interminable delays of Democrats hell-bent on standing on the wrong side of history, today the United States Senate confirmed a gay nominee not ‘in spite of” Republicans,’ or ‘with Republican support,’ but because of Republican support,” Gregory T. Angelo, the president of Log Cabin Republicans, said in a statement.
Meanwhile, around forty US ambassadorships out of 188 stay empty. That includes the post of US Ambassador to the EU. David McAllister, chairman of the European Parliament’s foreign policy committee, has urged Washington to quickly rectify the situation.
“Washington should send its ambassador to the EU this year, better sooner than later,” McAllister told Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.