Trump Names Gay Ambassador Richard Grenell as Acting Head of Intelligence

Trump Names Gay Ambassador Richard Grenell as Acting Head of Intelligence

President Donald Trump has named Richard Grenell, the USA ambassador to Germany, as acting director of national intelligence.

Grenell has been an ardent supporter of the president and his policies, and his appointment is historic: He will become the first openly gay Cabinet member selected by a USA president.

Maguire was required by law to leave post of acting director of national intelligence within weeks. The current acting DNI, Joseph Maguire, is a retired vice-admiral and former head of the National Counterterrorism Center.

Critics assailed the appointment of Grenell as an acting director - meaning he will not require Senate approval - and for his perceived lack of experience in intelligence matters.

"That is a concern of mine, that the views of the intelligence community would be suppressed", he added.

Mr Grenell is a former Fox News contributor and served as U.S. spokesman at the United Nations during President George W Bush's term.

He later became a Fox News contributor on foreign affairs and the media, and briefly a foreign policy spokesman for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.

U.S. President Donald Trump's envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Ambassador Richard Grenell speaks during a press conference after a meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.

USA law permits Mr. Germany's defense minister confirmed the story was true the following day.

"It is offensive to assume that the USA taxpayers continue to pay for more than 50,000 Americans in Germany but the Germans get to spend their (budget) surplus on domestic programs", Grenell told the German news agency DPA in August.

Grenell will "do a great job" in his new position, Paul said in a statement.

The appointment of Grenell, a Trump loyalist, would be a change from former DNI director Dan Coats, who had a frosty relationship with Trump. "Doors have been shut". "... Now more than ever our country needs a Senate-confirmed intelligence director who will provide the best intelligence and analysis, regardless of whether or not it's expedient for the president who has appointed him".

Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, voiced alarm that Trump selected an acting director for the second time in a row, this time one without direct intelligence experience.

"Grenell is also a polarizing figure and his confirmation by the Senate is not assured", the Times says.

But before anyone in Berlin celebrates Grenell's departure, this tidbit from a New York Times report stood out for me.

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