“Mr. Grenell, a Harvard-educated experienced diplomat, was the longest-serving U.S. spokesperson at the United Nations. He was nominated in September of last year. He was reported out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with bipartisan support. He is waiting to represent America’s interest and be our country’s top voice in a G-7 country,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said last month at a briefing.

The “hyper-political delay on Mr. Grenell puts our national security and America’s foreign policy interests in jeopardy,” she added.

Germany, Europe’s economic powerhouse, is also a G7 nation and the world’s most influential non-nuclear nation. 

Even some Democrats have reluctantly come on board to see Grenell’s speedy confirmation. Last week  Delaware Democrat Christopher Coons, who is on the Foreign Relations Committee, told Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, the confirmation process represents a “significant problem,” acknowledging the Senate has not confirmed ambassadors to 25 key nations, including South Korea and South Africa. He singled out Grenell’s case by saying, “This one’s dragged on for too long.”

“The vacancy in Germany has gone on just far too long. And I’ll be glad to press for Grenell to get a vote, because we shouldn’t have a country as significant as Germany, we shouldn’t have any country without an ambassador, but that’s a major European power,” Coons said. 

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