Trump Announces Richard Grenell As New Acting Director Of National Intelligence — The Left Loses It

Written by Wes Walker on February 20, 2020

For a guy who supposedly ‘hates’ women and LGBT peeps, Trump sure doesn’t mind putting them in positions of authority.

You’d think the rainbow brigade be jumping for joy that one of their own was considered for such a high office. But because of the Trump connection, he’s automatically ‘bad’, somehow.

The neverTrumpers are (naturally) busily neverTrumping and revealing their own dishonesty in the process:

How do we know Jennifer Rubin is being deeply dishonest? Here are the screenshots that @AGHamiltion29 tweeted:

When there wasn’t a Trump connection, she was a defender of Grenell. Gee, Jennifer, what changed your mind about him? It couldn’t possibly be your TDS, could it?

By your own standards, doesn’t this tweet make you ‘homophobic’?

The Week has a very dim view of him, but at least they reported some key facts — he is German Ambassador and will be fielding both roles until he is confirmed.

Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Berlin and President Trump’s new acting director of national intelligence, is not popular in Germany. After alienating much of the country early on with diplomatic bomb-throwing, Der Spiegel wrote a year ago, “the spotlight on Grenell seems to have grown dimmer, though not necessarily by choice. He still tweets assiduously and he never seems to say no when Fox News calls, but in Berlin, he has largely become isolated. The powerful avoid him. Doors have been shut.”

But if Berlin was excited at the prospect of getting a new U.S. ambassador, well, tough luck. Even after he takes over as head of the 17 U.S. intelligence agencies, as early as Thursday, “Grenell is expected to keep his current ambassadorship as long as he is acting intelligence director,” The New York Times reports, citing one administration official, adding: “Grenell did not respond to a request for comment.”

American ‘News’ sources are just as loath to report this even-handedly has their European counterparts. Leaving out (most of) the pejorative commentary, they say this:

Grenell, who became Trump’s ambassador to Germany in 2018, will take a job overseeing the same U.S. spy agencies that Trump has regularly scorned. His appointment comes six months after former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats left the position following frequent clashes with Trump about the administration’s approach to Russia, North Korea, and other national security issues.

…Grenell will take over the top intelligence job from Joseph Maguire, who has served as acting director since Coats’ departure.

“I would like to thank Joe Maguire for the wonderful job he has done,” Trump wrote in his Twitter post on Wednesday. “And we look forward to working with him closely, perhaps in another capacity within the Administration!” USAToday

What do we know about Grenell?

He’s an independent-minded fighter who is on board with Trump’s America-First vision, has been able to say the unpopular things when the situation required it, and has pressed for important causes he believes in — like the global decriminalization of homosexuality.

More than that, he’s gotten Bosnia and Serbia to take small steps in the direction of peace:

In a statement to the Post, Grenell said he and Thaci “spoke about the importance of making long-term decisions instead of reacting in the short term. I was pleased that he agreed, and committed to work to end the tariffs that were recently imposed on Serbian products,” Grenell said in a statement to The Post. “This move would help send the right signals that he is serious about negotiating and help build trust between the parties.”

Bringing the leaders of Kosovo and Serbia together for a White House ceremony would be seen as a major accomplishment. The deep-seated animosity between the Serbs and Kosovars, who are ethnic Albanians and are predominately Muslim, stretches back centuries.

One expert welcomed the increased U.S. attention on the Kosovo-Serbia issue, particularly in the context of the larger Balkans framework.FoxNews