Outgoing DNI Richard Grenell will not return to German embassy after leaving the White House

The Senate just confirmed Trump’s nomination for Director of National Intelligence last week, bringing Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell’s short time in the office to an end.

Grenell confirmed on Sunday that instead of returning to his former position as U.S. Ambassador to Germany, he will be resigning from the post altogether. 

He’s moving on

Grenell was tapped to join the Trump administration as the ambassador to Germany in 2017, and then was called back to the US to take over as acting spy chief in February of 2020.

The noted Trump ally first indicated in March that he had no desire to return to Berlin after serving as the interim DNI, and Fox New confirmed that Grenell was sticking to the plan on Sunday.

He told the Daily Wire in March that he was already planning on leaving his post in Germany this spring before Trump asked him to join his cabinet in a temporary capacity.

Grenell has yet to issue an official statement on the matter. Reuters attempted to obtain a statement from the German embassy, but was told by a spokesperson that “It is our policy not to comment on travel or schedules.”

There is no word yet on what Grenell’s plans are following his departure from the administration.

Productive stint

Though Grenell was only in the position of DNI for three months, he accomplished an enormous amount in his short time in office.

Grenell is responsible for a major declassification effort that led to the now-exploding “Obamagate” scandal.

He tweeted on Friday that he is working to declassify further documents regarding the “unmasking” of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

It’s very important for the public to see ALL of them. For too long the public has been misled,” he said.  

Incoming DNI John Ratcliffe was narrowly approved by the Senate in a 49-44 vote along party lines on Thursday.

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