BERLIN – The US Ambassador to Germany has resigned from his post and the State Department after two years in office.
Richard Grenell posted the news Monday evening on his Instagram account, without showing what he planned to do next.
While no reason was given for Grenell’s resignation, it has been widely speculated that he could join the election campaign of US President Donald Trump.
Trump appoints Grenell Ambassador for Germany in April 2018. He is fast attract anger from many people in Germany with their outspoken views – often expressed through social media – even though German officials largely withhold criticism of their close allied envoys.
A spokesman for the US embassy in Berlin said that in accordance with normal practice, Deputy Chief of Mission Robin Quinville would be the ambassador for the accusation until a new ambassador was confirmed.
Quinville joined the U.S. diplomatic service in 1988, with stations including Vienna, Brussels, Cyprus, London and Baghdad.
“The U.S. mission in Germany continues to work on the government’s foreign policy priorities,” embassy spokesman Joseph Giordono-Scholz said.
Among Grenell’s top priorities was trying to get Germany to spend more on defense, in line with its NATO promise, crack down Hezbollah’s activity in Germany and opposed the construction of a pipeline carrying Russian natural gas to Germany.
The sequential US administration has objected to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, saying it risks making Europe more dependent on Russian gas supplies and thereby posing a security threat.
Trump signed a possible Senate bill last year sanctions against individuals and companies involved with ships laying pipes under the Baltic Sea.
Grenell was tapped in February to become acting director of national intelligence. The decision is criticized by Democrats who said he did not have the experience needed.
Grenell said Trump gave him a present on Monday – the cabinet seat he used while serving as national intelligence director.
“Acting Cabinet Secretary ‘did not get a seat but President Trump wants me to have mine because, as he said,’ You are the First Gay Direct Cabinet Secretary and this is a big problem, ‘” Grenell wrote.
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