National Security Advisor Robert OBrien on Tuesday thanked Richard Grenell for his “distinguished service” in the Trump administration after Grenell stepped down as acting director of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and as the U.S. ambassador to Germany.
“I would like to thank Richard Grenell for his distinguished service in the Trump Administration,” OBrien said in a statement published on the National Security Councils Twitter account. “For the past two years, he served the American people as Ambassador to Germany and recently as Acting Director of National Intelligence.”
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The U.S. Senate confirmed on May 21 that President Donald Trump ally Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) will take on the role as the permanent director of national intelligence, replacing Grenell. He was narrowly confirmed with a final vote of 49-44, and was sworn in on May 26.
The post of director of national intelligence, which was created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, oversees the 17 U.S. civilian and military intelligence agencies including the CIA.
Grenell, 53, also confirmed last week that he will not be returning to his post as the U.S. ambassador to Germany—a position he held since May 2018. He will be replaced by Robin Quinville, deputy chief of mission at the embassy, Reuters reported.
“Ric successfully represented America in Berlin and began many important reforms of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence during his time in office,” OBrien continued.
OBrien in his statement emphasized that he is “grateful” that Grenell will continue to serve as U.S. as envoy for Kosovo and Serbia negotiations “in a part-time capacity…working out of the White House.” Grenell reportedly moved into a compound in the White House on Monday, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.
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Today I officially resigned from the State Department. And President Trump presented me with a going away gift – my Cabinet Chair. “Acting” Cabinet Secretaries do not get chairs but President Trump wanted me to have mine because, as he said, “You are the First Openly Gay Cabinet Secretary and its a big deal.”
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In a gesture of thanks for Grenells service in the Trump administration, the president on Monday offered him his Cabinet Room chair as a “going away gift,” the 53-year-old said in an Instagram post.
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