Trump taps retired Army general to serve as ambassador to Germany

With former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell having moved on some time ago to serve the Trump administration in other key ways, the important diplomatic post in Berlin has remained vacant for the past several months.

President Donald Trump has finally named his replacement for Grenell, however, as it was announced Monday that retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor has received the nod to represent America’s interests in Germany, the Washington Examiner reported.

Following his years of honorable military service, Macgregor has become well known as an author, analyst, and commentator who is unafraid to critique and question the institutional status quo within U.S. foreign policy and the military.

Macgregor tapped for diplomatic post

The nomination of Macgregor to serve as the next ambassador to Germany was announced in a news release from the White House on Monday which noted that he was a “decorated combat veteran” who was “widely recognized as an expert on force design and grand strategy.”

It was also noted that his commentary and writings on military and national security have been “influential in the transformation of United States ground forces, NATO, and the Israeli Defense Force.”

Politico reported that Macgregor acknowledged the nomination and expressed that he was looking forward to his confirmation hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but he declined to say anything else due to an agreement with the White House to not speak publicly about the situation.

However, given that the November election is fast approaching, it is possible that no action will be taken by the Senate on Macgregor’s nomination any time soon.

Right person at the right time

The timing of Macgregor’s nomination is interesting considering President Trump’s recently expressed plan to reduce the number of U.S. military troops stationed in Germany and given the colonel’s reputation for questioning the number and size of overseas military deployments.

It is noteworthy that Macgregor is fluent in German and is viewed as an expert in German military and political history, particularly in relation to the former Soviet Union and Russia.

“Macgregor speaks fluent German, lived there for many years, and is a great representative to Germany,” said retired Army Lt. Col. Daniel Davis, a senior fellow at the Defense Priorities think tank and a personal acquaintance of Macgregor’s for decades, who added:

Trump has had good instincts on what makes good foreign policy for the United States, but too often his own administration has thwarted his agenda, making it impossible to implement sound policy. That has especially been true regarding Trump’s recently stated desire to draw down a reasonable number of U.S. military personnel from Germany.

Davis further opined, “Macgregor will be effective in turning Trump’s desire into reality because he can articulate the strong logic for doing so. Macgregor can help Trump’s intent for troop reductions from Germany become a reality.”

Col. Macgregor appears to be a straight-talker who has no qualms about ruffling some feathers when necessary, making him an ideal fit to represent the Trump administration on the world stage.

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