US ambassador to Germany calls out journalists who blocked him on Twitter

US ambassador to Germany calls out journalists who blocked him on Twitter
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U.A. Ambassador to Germany Richard GrenellRichard GrenellHunter Biden questions are too important for the media to dismiss Trump leans into attacks on Biden's family, business dealings Trump expected to bring Hunter Biden's former business partner to debate MORE is calling out several journalists he says have blocked him on Twitter. 

Grenell tweeted screenshots on Sunday that he had been blocked by NBC News journalists Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddNBC moves Texas to 'toss-up' in presidential race Lewandowski: Trump 'wants to see every Republican reelected regardless of ... if they break with the president' Outgoing Va. Republican: Two-party system is failing Americans MORE and Kristen Welker, as well as Mark Landler of The New York Times. 

A source familiar with knowledge of the accounts told The Hill that the NBC journalists blocked Grenell years ago. Spokespeople for the Times and NBC were not immediately available for comment. 

Grenell’s Twitter has drawn controversy in years past. 

He deleted hundreds of tweets in 2012 when he served as Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyWhy Biden could actually win Texas The spectre of pension failures haunts this election The Memo: Five reasons why Trump could upset the odds MORE's presidential campaign's foreign policy and national security spokesman. 

Screenshots shared by Business Insider at the time show one was aimed at another MSNBC host. Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowCable news October ratings explode as Fox News hits historic highs Maddow: Trump owes Welker an apology Hillicon Valley: Five takeaways on new election interference from Iran, Russia | Schumer says briefing on Iranian election interference didn't convince him effort was meant to hurt Trump | Republicans on Senate panel subpoena Facebook, Twitter CEOs | MORE needs to take a breath and put on a necklace,” it read.

He also criticized Todd, calling the "Meet the Press" host "a commercial for the Democratic Party & its radical feminist agenda," HuffPost reported at the time.

Grenell's wide-ranging Twitter attacks weren't limited to the media. “Did you notice that while Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama releases her voting playlist Obama to young voters: Create 'a new normal in America' by voting for Biden Obama hits trail to help Biden, protect legacy MORE is working out on the BiggestLoser she is sweating on the East Room’s carpet? Just saying," he once tweeted.

They also weren't limited by party. He lashed out at former Speaker Newt GingrichNewton (Newt) Leroy GingrichMORE, attacking the Georgia Republican's personal life, Politico reported. 

He apologized at the time in a statement to Politico saying his “tongue-in-cheek” tweets were meant to be humorous, not hurtful. 

Trump appointed Grenell as ambassador to Germany in 2017. He had previously served as a spokesman at the United Nations.