Trump’s acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, has left his position after just four months.
Grenell was the first openly gay man to serve in the role and the highest-ranking openly gay man within the Trump Administration.
But like so many of Trump’s appointees, Grenell’s career with Trump is a mess. Sen. Susan Collins criticized this appointment (as so many of Trump’s appointees) over his lack of experience.
Grenell has acted as a lobbyist on behalf of Moldovan politician Vladimir Plahotniuc and also has made fun female politicians on Twitter, including Hillary Clinton‘s looks.
On Monday Grennell tweeted praise for Trump for tear-gassing a group of peaceful protesters at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Grenell took over the position just this February after then-Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire allowed a subordinate to testify before the House of Representatives that Russia had tried to aid the Trump campaign in the 2020 election. Trump fired Maguire, replacing him with Grenell.
Prior to his brief stint as Director of National Intelligence, Grenell served as US Ambassador to Germany.
As head of the DNI, Grenell led efforts by the United States to decriminalize homosexuality abroad which is at odds with the Trump White House’s anti-LGBTQ policies.
Grenell’s appointment was never meant to be a lasting one. The Advocate is reporting that Grenell has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
There is nothing triumphant about gassing peaceful protestors for a photo op.— NHDem 🏳️🌈 (@NHDem4Ever) June 2, 2020
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