Productive Working-Dinner at the American Ambassadors Residence in Berlin with the Senate of the German Mittelstand.
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Richard Allen Grenell (born September 18, 1966) is an American diplomat, civil servant, and media consultant. Grenell is the acting Director of National Intelligence, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, and the Special Presidential Envoy for Serbia and Kosovo Peace Negotiations. Grenell is the first openly gay person to serve in a U.S. cabinet-level position.
Grenell served as a U.S. State Department spokesperson to the United Nations under four different U.S. ambassadors during the George W. Bush administration. Following his State Department tenure, he formed Capitol Media Partners, an international strategic media and public affairs consultancy; he also worked as a Fox News contributor. He was a foreign policy spokesperson for Republican Mitt Romney during Romney’s 2012 campaign for president of the United States; he is the first openly gay individual to work as a spokesperson for a Republican presidential candidate.
In September 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Grenell to become the U.S. Ambassador to Germany. On April 26, 2018, he was confirmed by the United States Senate by a vote of 56 to 42. Grenell presented his credentials to the President of Germany on May 8, 2018. On February 20, 2020, Trump appointed Grenell to the post of Acting Director of National Intelligence. Grenell is considered a staunch Trump loyalist.