Richard Grenell

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Richard Grenell
Richard Grenell official photo.jpg
United States Ambassador to Germany
Assumed office
May 8, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byJohn B. Emerson
Personal details
Born (1966-09-18) September 18, 1966 (age 52)
Jenison, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationEvangel University (BA)
Harvard University (MPA)

Richard Grenell (born September 18, 1966) is an American media commentator and diplomat. He is the current United States Ambassador to Germany since May 8, 2018. He was the longest serving U.S. spokesman at the United Nations.

Grenell also briefly served as national security spokesman for Mitt Romney in his 2012 campaign for President of the United States, becoming the first openly gay spokesman for a Republican presidential candidate.[1][2] He resigned after pressure from social conservatives.[3]

In September 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Grenell as U.S. Ambassador to Germany.[4] He was confirmed 56–42 on April 26, 2018.[5] He presented his credentials to the President of Germany on May 8, 2018.

In June 2013, Grenell revealed that he had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and started chemotherapy.[6] In September 2013, Grenell announced that he was in remission.[7]

Grenell is openly gay.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Mitt Romney's Appointment of Gay Aide Richard Grenell Signals New Attitude". ABC News. April 6, 2012.
  2. "Mitt Romney's Gay Spokesman: A Milestone in Republican Politics". The Atlantic. April 24, 2012.
  3. Rubin, Jennifer (May 1, 2012). "EXCLUSIVE: Richard Grenell hounded from Romney campaign by anti-gay conservatives". The Washington Post.
  4. Giaritelli, Anna. "Trump picks 42 key administration nominees, including heads of NASA and Office of National Drug Control Policy". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 2017-09-02.
  5. Demirjian, Karoun (April 26, 2018). "Senate confirms Grenell as ambassador to Germany over Democrats' objections". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  6. "Joining the Fight". June 10, 2013.
  7. Richard Grenell [RichardGrenell] (September 30, 2013). "I'm officially in remission. #CancerFree @cityofhope" (Tweet).
  8. "The Pro-Freedom Republicans Are Coming: 131 Sign Gay-Marriage Brief". The Daily Beast. February 28, 2013.