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 Grenell 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 ToddTrump dings CNN, 'Morning Joe' ratings as Tucker Carlson sets record Cuomo: Trump administration 'in denial' about coronavirus 'problem' Arkansas governor urges 'consistent national message' on wearing masks MORE and Kristen Welker, as well as Mark Landler of The New York Times. 

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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 RomneyRepublicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names Overnight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police Senators aim to limit Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany 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 MaddowTrump dings CNN, 'Morning Joe' ratings as Tucker Carlson sets record Susan Rice 'humbled and honored' by rumors Biden considering her for VP Trump touts ratings for rally, Fox News town hall: 'These are the real polls' 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 ObamaDemocrats debate Biden effort to expand map against Trump Michelle Obama presents Beyoncé with Humanitarian Award at BET Awards: 'You inspire all of us' Voting by mail is now a necessity during COVID-19 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.