Although the mainstream media tries to paint the president as a hater, he continues to prove them wrong.
President Donald J. Trump has chosen to nominate Richard Grenell, a former spokesman for the U.S. mission to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, to be the next ambassador to Germany, the White House announced on Friday.
If he receives Senate confirmation, Grenell, a former Fox News commentator, would become the first openly gay diplomat in the Trump administration.
During Trump’s transition into the White House, Grenell, 50, was considered as a possible pick to be the United States’ ambassador to the United Nation, a post that ultimately went to former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
He was also under consideration to become a potential NATO ambassador before former Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison was nominated for the position.
A prominent supporter of Trump, Grenell is known for his sharp wit on social media and often gives television interviews.
In its announcement, the White House praised Grenell’s history of public service, noting that he is the “longest serving United States spokesman at the United Nations (2001-2008), having served four United States Ambassadors.”
Grenell was the campaign spokesman for Mitt Romney in the 2012 election, which gave him the distinction of becoming the first openly-gay spokesperson to serve a Republican presidential nominee. Prior to that, he served as a foreign policy adviser to John McCain during his unsuccessful run for president.
Currently working in public affairs at home in California, Grenell survived non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and co-created ChemoWave,: a mobile app that helps cancer patients track their diet, hydration, exercise, social interaction and mental engagement during chemotherapy.
The ChemoWave website features Grenell and his partner of 15 years, Matt Lashey, talking about their experiences dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Both men profess to be conservative evangelical Christians.
Trump angered the LGBTQ community when he banned transgender people from the military, but he did mention them 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 Jan. 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 reportedly resigned from Romney’s campaign when the candidate came under fire from social conservatives over having an openly gay man in his inner circle, according to the Daily Mail.
Dennis Michael Lynch, CEO of DML NEWS, commented on the announcement. “President Trump is constantly attacked by the media, but the attacks never carry any basis. They’ve called him anti-gay time and again, but the actions he takes prove otherwise. He had a openly gay man speak at the RNC last summer. When was the last time a Republican presidential candidate ever did such a thing? Now he wants to put an openly gay man in a prime position within his administration. Clearly, the man is not anti-gay.”
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