Trump picks openly gay former diplomat and cancer survivor Ric Grenell as ambassador to Germany

  • Grenell was also considered as a possible envoy to both the UN and NATO
  • His posting in Germany has to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate
  • Grenell, 50, would be the first openly gay ambassador in Trump’s administration
  • He’s a non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor and co-created a mobile app that helps cancer patients customize and track the health impacts of chemotherapy
  • Grenell and his partner of 15 years are both conservative evangelical Christians

President Donald Trump has chosen former diplomat and Fox News commentator Ric Grenell as U.S. ambassador to Germany.

If he’s confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Grenell would be the first openly gay envoy in the Trump administration.

Grenell, 50, was considered during the Trump transition as a possible pick to be the United States’ ambassador to the United Nation, a post ultimately awarded to former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

His name also came up as a potential NATO ambassador before former Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison was named to fill that opening.

A White House official told during the summer that former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus asked Grenell following the resignation of press secretary Sean Spicer if he wanted to take over that role.

Grenell held out for an ambassadorship, and got his wish when Trump passed over former Virginia Gov. James Gilmore. A White House official told in July that Gilmore had been promised in the spring that he was the leading candidate to serve in Berlin.

Grenell is expected to take his post by year’s end in a job once held by John Quincy Adams, Henry Cabot Lodge and current Director of National intelligence Dan Coats.

He did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.

But his elevation to ambassadorial rank is seen as a reward for serving in the George W. Bush administration as the spokesman for four different UN ambassadors.

During that time, he regularly took the place of ambassadors during UN Security Council meetings, cementing his public image as more than a mere press liaison.

Grenell is a non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor and co-created chemoWave, a mobile app that helps cancer patients track their diet, hydration, exercise, social interaction and mental engagement during chemotherapy.

Trump, pictured at a Colorado rally barely a week before the 2016 election, courted the support of the LGBT community and was the first major party nominee to mention them in his convention acceptance speech

The chemoWave website includes a video featuring Grenell and his partner of 15 years, Matt Lashey, talking about their experience personalizing what is typically a one-size-fits-all treatment experience.

Grenell and Lashey are both conservative evangelical Christians. Grenell has used his Twitter feed to challenge his critics to head-to-head Bible quizzes.

Trump has done little to court the support of the LGBT community, mentioning them just once this year in a proclamation declaring that he would retain Obama-era workplace nondiscrimination policies.

‘President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election,’ a January 31 statement from Spicer read. ‘The President is proud to have been the first ever GOP nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression.’

Grenell served as a foreign policy adviser to both Mitt Romney and John McCain during their unsuccessful runs for president.

He ultimately resigned from Romney’s campaign when the candidate came under fire from social conservatives over having an openly gay man in his inner circle.

by David Martosko, Us Political Editor For
Source – The Daily Mail