Trump nominates new US ambassador to Germany.
President Donald Trump intends to nominate a brash former military officer to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to Germany, the White House announced Monday.
Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor, a decorated combat veteran, is beloved by some analysts and former officers because of his questioning of Army orthodoxy. But he’s also criticized by some who cast him as a opportunist upset that he was not promoted to the rank of general.
“Colonel Douglas Macgregor is a decorated combat veteran, author, and a consultant. Colonel Macgregor is widely recognized as an expert on force design and grand strategy,” the White House announcement reads. “He is a frequent radio and television commentator on national security affairs and his writings on military affairs have been influential in the transformation of United States ground forces, NATO, and the Israeli Defense Force.”
MacGregor, reached on Monday, said he looks forward to a confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee but declined to say anything further, explaining the White House has requested he not speak publicly while he is under consideration. Given that the presidential election is just a few months away, it’s unlikely MacGregor will be confirmed anytime soon.
Macgregor is a regular on Fox News, as are many of Trump’s nominees for top posts. He previously was in the running for the position of undersecretary of defense for policy, but he was passed over for Anthony Tata, a controversial retired Army brigadier general who is scheduled to appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee for his confirmation hearing on Thursday.
POLITICO reported in April that Macgregor was in the running for the Germany job, a plum posting with one of America’s most important allies.
Washington-Berlin relations have soured under Trump, who is determined to reduce America’s troop presence there. If confirmed for the post in Berlin, Macgregor would succeed another divisive figure, Richard Grenell. Grenell’s harsh and outspoken style, in which he constantly promoted Trump’s America First views, alienated many Germans.
That’s especially so when it comes to Trump abrupt decision earlier this summer to begin withdrawing nearly a third of the 35,000 American troops stationed in Germany, which is opposed by influential Democrats and Republicans in Congress.