Richard Grenell takes up duties as US ambassador to Germany

May 8, 2018
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, right, and US Embassador in Germany, Richard Allen Grenell, left, pose for the media during Grenell's akkreditation at the Bellevue palace in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

BERLIN (AP) — Richard Grenell has taken up his duties as the new U.S. ambassador to Germany, ending more than a year in which the top position at the embassy in Berlin was unfilled.

Grenell presented his credentials Tuesday to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. He won confirmation by the Senate in late April, just in time for a visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel to Washington.

Grenell was a spokesman for the U.S. mission to the United Nations during the George W. Bush administration and a longtime Fox News Channel commentator.

He was the first openly gay ambassador nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump. The ambassador’s job in Berlin has been vacant since Trump took office.

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