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January 31, 2019

The un-diplomat

Featuring Julianne Smith


Journalist Matthew Karnitschnig

Richard Grenell arrived in the German capital as Donald Trump’s ambassador last year with a reputation as a diplomatic bad boy.

A Fox News commentator and former aide to John Bolton — the outspoken head of the National Security Council — Grenell was known as a man who didn’t let diplomatic decorum stand in the way of his professional agenda.

He hasn’t disappointed.

Eight months after exploding on to the scene in Berlin, tweets blazing, Grenell remains as controversial as ever. He has cajoled, prodded and antagonized Berlin’s political establishment over everything from Germany’s tepid military spending to its commercial ties with Iran, prompting howls of consternation from the country’s strait-laced political establishment over the future of the transatlantic relationship.

Read the full article and more on POLITICO.


  • Julianne Smith

    Former Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    Julianne (“Julie”) Smith is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy, where she coedits “Shadow Government.” She is also a senior advisor at WestExec Advisors, an adjunct senio...