Donald Trump removes his Germany ambassador from Berlin. He wants Promote Richard Grenell to be an influential intelligence coordinator.
US President Donald Trump appoints the US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, to the executive secret service coordinator. He was intended to succeed the acting coordinator Joseph Maguire, who in August Dan Coats had replaced on the post.
Trump confirmed the personnel on Wednesday evening (local time) after news coverage from New York Times, Axios, and Fox News first reported. “Rick represented our country extremely well and I look forward to working with him,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Grenell is considered extremely loyal to Trump and always boasts good connections to the White House. Grenell had written on Twitter on Sunday that Trump had just called him.
The Director of Intelligence (DNI) is responsible for coordinating the various U.S. intelligence agencies. Maguire is also only an executive, which means that it has not been approved by the Senate for the task. That’s why he can only stay in office until March 12, according to the “New York Times”.
Coats has held the top position since March 2017. Towards the end of his term, disagreements between him and Trump repeatedly became public, including the conflict with Iran. After Coats’ departure, his deputy Sue Gordon also resigned.
Trump originally proposed Republican MP John Ratcliffe to replace Coats, but he gave up on his past after numerous critical media reports. Trump then lifted Maguire to the post, then director of the Counter Terrorism Center.