Trump taps retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor as next ambassador to Germany

Trump taps retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor as next ambassador to Germany

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 MORE on Monday announced his intention to nominate Fox News contributor and retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor as the next U.S. ambassador to Germany.

Macgregror, if confirmed by the Senate, will step into the position left absent since June 1 by former ambassador Richard GrenellRichard GrenellTrump taps retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor as next ambassador to Germany Kosovo president, indicted for war crimes, cancels trip to US Poland in the middle: Its push for US troops may alienate Germany and Russia MORE.

The White House said in a statement Monday that Macgregor is a decorated combat veteran, author and a consultant and highlighted that he is a frequent contributor on radio and television on national security topics.

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Macgregor’s nomination comes at a tense moment in U.S. and German relations.

Trump has called for withdrawing American troops from Germany that has received pushback from both Republicans and Democrats. 

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas last month reacted to the announcement that U.S. troop presence in Germany was to the benefit of both countries, and that the bilateral relationship is “complicated,” in an interview with a German newspaper and reported by Reuters. 

In another interview in late June, Maas said that “structural changes” in the relationship between the U.S. and Germany could not be easily reversed if presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign emails supporters encouraging mask-wearing: 'We have nothing to lose' Cuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Democrats want Biden to debate Trump despite risks MORE wins the White House in November.

"Everyone who thinks everything in the trans-Atlantic partnership will be as it once was with a Democratic president underestimates the structural changes," Maas said in an interview with the German Press Agency and reported by Deutsche Welle.