19 February 2020, Washington D.C., USA: President Donald Trump announced the appointment of his Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell as ‘Acting Director of National Intelligence’.
Grenell was confirmed to his incumbent role as Ambassador by the Senate in April 2018. In October 2019, he was further named ‘Special Envoy for Serbia-Kosovo Negotiations’. Swiftly he delivered on the latter position by negotiating the very first flight and train line is to be re-establish between Belgrade and Prishtina. Once implemented, the agreement would allow for the first direct air travel between the two countries since 1998.
A native of Michigan but previously California-based, Ambassador Grenell holds extensive senior policy and communications advisory experience for public officials at international, US federal, state and local levels as well as being for a partner in a Fortune 500 ranked company, that being Capital Media Partners.
In fact, Grenell served as the longest in duty U.S. spokesman and political appointee at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in history between 2001 and 2008.
As Acting Director Grenell becomes a member of Trump’s cabinet, advises upon the latter’s behest on issues of national security and coordinates all foreign and national intelligence programmes.