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 ToddChuck Todd challenges Cruz after senator pushes theory that Ukraine meddled in election Retiring House Democrat says a Trump reelection would be a 'nightmare scenario' for Congress Cruz on House impeachment inquiry: 'This is 'kangaroo court' 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 RomneySenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial McConnell: I doubt any GOP senator will vote to impeach Trump Trump hosts pastor who says 'Jews are going to hell' at White House Hanukkah party 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 MaddowButtigieg says he doubts consulting work for insurer led to layoffs CNN Pelosi town hall finishes third in cable news ratings race, draws 1.6M SNL mocks Buttigieg campaign's viral dance video as part of strategy to get 'a negative percentage of the black vote' 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 ObamaPanel: Andrew Yang beats Joe Biden in ad dollars, Michelle Obama on GWB 'our values are the same' Michelle Obama, Ellen DeGeneres surprise DC elementary school with new computer lab, 0K donation Hillary Clinton documentary to premiere at Sundance 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.