Courtesy of CNN:
Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic have criticized US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell for giving an interview to far-right news platform Breitbart in which he said he wants to “empower” European conservatives.
Grenell, who took up his post last month and is a close ally of US President Donald Trump, also described Germany’s NATO spending as “woeful” and criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel’s immigration policy’
The ambassador has been rebuked for politicizing diplomacy at a time when US-German relations are already strained over Trump’s withdrawals from the Iran deal and the Paris climate accord, along with his imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs on the European Union.
This criticism sent the Ambassador to Twitter claiming that his statements were misunderstood.
Absurd. I condemn those comments completely. Don’t put words in my mouth. The idea that I’d endorse candidates/parties is ridiculous. I stand by my comments that we are experiencing an awakening from the silent majority – those who reject the elites & their bubble. Led by Trump. https://t.co/DjSX4SL3bf
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) June 4, 2018
Okay well, I know what it is like to be quoted out of context so to be fair I will go directly to Breitbart, which is a place that I try to avoid at all cost, to get the actual quote.
Courtesy of Breitbart:
At a sit-down interview at his official residence in Berlin with Breitbart London, Ambassador Grenell said: “There are a lot of conservatives throughout Europe who have contacted me to say they are feeling there is a resurgence going on.”
“I absolutely want to empower other conservatives throughout Europe, other leaders. I think there is a groundswell of conservative policies that are taking hold because of the failed policies of the left,” he added.
“There’s no question about that and it’s an exciting time for me. I look across the landscape and we’ve got a lot of work to do but I think the election of Donald Trump has empowered individuals and people to say that they can’t just allow the political class to determine before an election takes place, who’s going to win and who should run.”
Uh..what did he say he didn’t say again?
Perhaps somebody needs to explain to Ambassador Grenell that when you say you want to “empower” politicians with a certain ideology that you are in effect endorsing them and their ideology.
And that if you are suggesting that these empowered politicians are similar to Trump, or inspired by Trump, you are essentially suggesting that they are racists.
You know, like the Nazis.
He may not mention them by name or show up to support them at fundraisers, but he is clearly picking sides in future political elections which is not the role of an ambassador.
Well, that was until we were dealing with a Trump appointed ambassador of course.
Update: Now German politicians are requesting that this guy to be kicked out of the country.
Courtesy of the Guardian:
German politicians have called for Donald Trump’s envoy in Berlin to be expelled from the country after he said in an interview that he wanted to “empower” conservative forces throughout Europe.
Ambassador Richard Grenell, who has been in office for less than a month, has caused irritation in Berlin with a series of perceived breaches of diplomatic etiquette.
Putting the “ugly” in ugly American.