Former diplomat and Fox News contributor Ric Grennell has been selected by President Donald Trump to represent the United States in Germany. The 50-year-old Grennell was initially considered to serve as US ambassador to the United Nations. Instead, the post is currently occupied by former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
Grenell will be Trump's first openly gay ambassador. The post is prestigious and one of the most important for the United States. Previous ambassadors to Germany include John Quincy Adams, Henry Cabot Lodge, and current Director of National intelligence Dan Coats.
Grennell served in the George W. Bush administration as the spokesman for four different ambassadors to the UN; among them was the hawkish John Bolton. He frequently sat in for ambassadors during UN Security Council meetings, thus gaining experience not usually acquired by a press officer.
A survivor of non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor, Grennell also was a co-creator of chemoWave -- a mobile app that helps cancer patients track their diet, hydration, exercise, social interaction and mental engagement during chemotherapy.
Grennell and his male partner of 15 years, Matt Lashey, has been described as conservative evangelical Christians. He has been known to challenge posts on Twitter that question his Bible knowledge.
Grenell advised both Mitt Romney and John McCain during their unsuccessful runs for president, but resigned from Romney's campaign when the candidate was criticized for having an admitted homosexual in his inner circle.
Grennell is expected to be an outspoken advocate for Trump’s policies with regard to NATO and Germany. When news came this spring that former Obama administration officials were suspected of “unmasking” the names of Trump insiders in NSA transcripts, Grenell quickly placed the blame on former National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Saying that if Rice and her erstwhile deputy Ben Rhodes were instigators of the politically motivated leaks of classified intelligence, the Barack Obama was also in the know. “Former State Department colleagues of mine have been talking about Susan Rice's role for weeks,” Grenell told DailyMail.com then. “She and her team certainly were hyper-partisan throughout their tenure. It makes sense.”