Germany asks Trump ambassador to clarify comment on empowering European conservatives

Germany asks Trump ambassador to clarify comment on empowering European conservatives
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Germany has asked President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE's new ambassador for "clarification" on comments he made about empowering conservatives throughout Europe.

A German foreign ministry spokesperson told Agence-France Presse that Berlin has "asked the U.S. side for clarification" on statements Richard Grenell made to Breitbart over the weekend. 

State Secretary Andreas Michaelis will revisit the issue with Grenell this week, the news outlet added.

Grenell said in the interview that he wants to empower conservatives and other leaders throughout Europe.

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“I think there is a groundswell of conservative policies that are taking hold because of the failed policies of the left," Grenell, who was sworn in last month, told the conservative website. “There are a lot of conservatives throughout Europe who have contacted me to say they are feeling there is a resurgence going on." 

Grenell also said that Trump's election had empowered the political class and slammed the German media, which has been frequently critical of Trump. 

"It’s an exciting time for me," Grenell said. "I look across the landscape and we’ve got a lot of work to do but I think the election of Donald Trump has empowered individuals and people to say that they can’t just allow the political class to determine before an election takes place, who’s going to win and who should run.”

Grenell tried to play down his comments on Sunday, tweeting that "the idea that I'd endorse candidates/parties is ridiculous."

Grenell was officially sworn in on May 3 after facing months of pushback from Democrats in the Senate.