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

President Trump 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 Grenell.

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.

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 Biden 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.