The following is an excerpt from Igor Bobic | June 3, 2018 | Huffingtonpost.com |
Richard Grenell, appointed by President Donald Trump as the U.S. ambassador to Germany, says he wants to “empower” anti-establishment conservative movements and leaders across the European continent ― a highly unusual statement for a diplomat.
“There are a lot of conservatives throughout Europe who have contacted me to say they are feeling there is a resurgence going on,” Grenell told the right-wing outlet Breitbart News in an interview published Sunday.
“I absolutely want to empower other conservatives throughout Europe, other leaders. I think there is a groundswell of conservative policies that are taking hold because of the failed policies of the left,” he added.
Grenell praised Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who has been called the new face of European right-wing populism for his stance against immigration and refugee migration, as a “rockstar.”
It’s unclear if Grenell’s statements were approved by the State Department. Diplomats are traditionally expected to maintain their political neutrality and not interfere in the internal affairs of other nations.
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