It is being reported that President-Elect Donald Trump is considering Richard Grenell for a senior position within his administration. Specifically, Grenell’s name has been floated as Trump’s U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
Grenell previously worked for the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. under President Bush’s administration (43, not 41). During this time, he advised several Ambassadors as the Director of Communications and Public Diplomacy, and became the longest serving U.S. spokesman at the U.N. Before this, Grenell advised various Republican officials.
More recently, you may have seen Grenell in the news. He is a contributor to Fox News, and he has written for various print media, including Politico, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Times, among other publications. Grenell also has a graduate degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
If nominated and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Grenell would be the first openly LGBT individual to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
Grenell recently commented on Trump and the new administration: “The most important thing is change… I am somebody who thinks Washington needs a big shakeup…we have to think differently.”
And just a few weeks ago, before the presidential election, Grenell wrote in The Washington Times:
“Republican President nominee Donald J. Trump made history Sunday and the political media barely noticed. Or maybe they did see it – but since it didn’t fit the narrative of what a Republican is supposed to look like they decided to ignore it…. Mr. Trump proudly held up a rainbow flag with the words ‘LGBT for Trump’ written on it to a cheering crowd of thousands. It was an historic moment for gay equality and the Party of Lincoln as the 2016 GOP nominee for President of the United States held high the flag for gay equality. No other Republican nominee in history has embraced the LGBT community in such a loud and proud way.”
Grenell’s recent claims that a Trump administration would be supportive of LGBT rights may be incongruent with certain statements from some of Trump’s most vocal surrogates, including Vice President-Elect Pence. Therefore, it is critical that a President Trump have senior aides who can advise him on equality and human right issues, both foreign and domestic, as a balance to the intolerance that is typically spewed from Pence and others.
The U.S. Mission to the U.N. was created in 1947 and serves as the country’s official representative to the world body. The Ambassador leads this effort including political, economic, social, legal, military, diplomacy, and management at the U.N. and plays a critical role in international relations and how the world perceives the United States.