Who is Ric Grenell? Richard Allen Grenell, 54, is an American diplomat, political advisor, as well as media consultant. As a member of the Republican Party, Grenell serves as the President’s Special Representative for Peace Negotiations in Serbia and Kosovo. From 2018 to 2020, he was also U.S. Ambassador to Germany and in 2020 briefly Deputy Director of National Intelligence (DNI) in the Trump Cabinet. Grenell was a spokesman for the State Department to the United Nations george W. Bush administration during the time of four different U.S. ambassadors. After his tenure at the State Department, he founded Capitol Media Partners, an international consulting firm for strategic media and public affairs. He also worked as a Fox News contributor. Grenell was Mitt Romney’s foreign policy spokesman during his 2012 presidential campaign.
In September 2017, President Donald Trump appointed Grenell as U.S. Ambassador to Germany. On April 26, 2018, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate by 56 votes to 42. On 8 May 2018, Grenell presented his mandates to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. His tenure was controversial in Germany. In 2020, Grenell was appointed acting director of national intelligence in the Trump administration. He became the first openly gay person to work at Cabinet level in the United States.
Ric Grenell was born on September 18, 1966. Grenell graduated from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in government and public administration. He received a master’s degree in public administration from harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Grenell is a registered Republican. He is considered a staunch Trump loyalist and is the first openly gay person to serve in a position at U.S. Cabinet level. He has a longtime partner, Matt Lashey.
In June 2013, Grenell announced that he had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and began chemotherapy. In September 2013, Grenell announced that he was in remission.
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