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 ToddButtigieg says he wasn't comfortable with Clinton attack on Gabbard Buttigieg: Trump undermining US credibility 'is going to cost us for years and years' Rand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter 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 RomneyRomney appears to confirm name of secret Twitter account Graham: 'Stupid' for Trump to ask China to investigate Biden Turkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate 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 MaddowMegyn Kelly appearance on Fox News draws more than 4 million viewers Krystal Ball dismisses Ukraine scandal as 'manufactured drama' Rachel Maddow signs onto 'Batwoman' TV series 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 ObamaObama: Cummings showed us 'the importance of checks and balances' Poll shows Michelle Obama would lead in New Hampshire if she entered 2020 Democratic race Obamas' first Netflix project nominated for Critics' Choice Documentary Awards 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.