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Monday, September 4, 2017

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

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. Richard Grenell, left, will be President Donald Trump's ambassador to Germany, the White House has announced.

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.

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