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Richard GRENELL

American Richard GRENELL

born Richard Allen GRENELL

American diplomat, political advisor, and media consultant

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Born: on September 18, 1966 in Jenison, Michigan, United States  (54 years)


Biography

A member of the Republican Party, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 2018 to 2020 and briefly as Acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) in the Trump Cabinet in 2020. Grenell further serves as the Special Presidential Envoy for Serbia and Kosovo Peace Negotiations.

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. Grenell was a foreign policy spokesperson for Mitt Romney during his 2012 presidential campaign.

In September 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Grenell as 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, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, on May 8, 2018. His tenure was controversial in Germany. In 2020, Grenell was nominated as the acting director of national intelligence in the Trump administration, making him the first openly gay person to serve at a Cabinet-level in the United States.

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