Senate confirms Trump pick for US ambassador to Germany
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The Senate confirmed President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' MORE’s long-stalled nominee for ambassador to Germany a day before German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to visit the White House. 

Senators voted 56-42 to confirm Richard Grenell. A simple majority was needed.


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The Senate vote comes after Trump railed against Democrats for holding up Grenell, who previously served as the U.S. spokesman to the United Nations during the George W. Bush administration. 

“The Dems will not approve hundreds of good people, including the Ambassador to Germany. They are maxing out the time on approval process for all, never happened before. Need more Republicans!" Trump said in a tweet earlier this week. 

Trump first nominated Grenell in September. After the Senate failed to confirm him by the end of last year, the White House had to re-nominate him in January. 

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham says he will call Mueller to testify before Senate panel about Russia probe Romney blasts Trump's Stone commutation: 'Historic corruption' Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE (R-S.C.) said Grenell was “delayed far too long.”

“The extreme partisanship displayed toward Mr. Grenell, a highly qualified nominee from President Trump, will be remembered,” he said. 

Democrats had raised a number of concerns about Grenell, including tweets attacking women.

“I cannot in good faith support a nominee who has a lengthy track record of tweets attacking both prominent Democratic women and prominent Republican women,” Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyHillicon Valley: QAnon scores wins, creating GOP problem | Supreme Court upholds regulation banning robocalls to cellphones | Foreign hackers take aim at homebound Americans | Uber acquires Postmates QAnon scores wins, creating GOP problem Democratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed plane MORE (D-Ore.) said last month after he blocked McConnell from bringing up Grenell's nomination on the floor. 

“Since his nomination, these tweets have continued, showing a complete disregard for the Senate confirmation process and a disregard for the seriousness of the position for which he has been nominated.”

Merkley didn't specify what tweets he was referring to, but Grenell has previously come under criticism for tweets, which have been deleted, that commented on women's appearances.

In one, for example, he noted that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden leads Trump in Florida, tied in Arizona and Texas: poll We haven't seen how low it can go There's a big blue wave coming MORE was “starting to look like Madeline Albright.” In another, he questioned if Callista Gingrich's hair “snaps on.”

Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezKoch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads Thomas Kean wins GOP primary to take on Rep. Tom Malinowski Trump administration moves to formally withdraw US from WHO MORE (D-N.J.), the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, also cited Grenell's tweets when explaining his opposition to his nomination on Thursday. 

“These are not the words of a child or a teenager who does not yet understand the power of words. These are the words of a grown adult who had previously been a public face of the Bush Administration for 8 years,” he said. 

Menendez added: “Will he insult, via his Twitter account, the female Chancellor of Germany? I don’t know. I hope not.”

This story was updated at 4:16 p.m.