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US ambassador to Germany is sworn in

Jenipher Camino Gonzalez with dpa
May 4, 2018

US Vice President Mike Pence says Richard Grenell will help strengthen the "historic and enduring friendship" between the countries. The nominee, a strong supporter of Trump's, had faced opposition in the US Senate.

Richard Grenell, new ambassador to Germany
Image: Imago/ZUMA Press

Richard Grenell was officially sworn in as US ambassador to Germany on Thursday, filling a position that had been vacant for over a year. US Vice President Mike Pence conducted the swearing-in ceremony and said Grenell was "uniquely qualified" for the job.

Read more: Donald Trump's new ambassador in Berlin: Who is Richard Grenell?

The 51-year-old former aide to UN Ambassador John Bolton, Trump's new national security adviser, had endured a long road to his confirmation. He faced stiff opposition from Democrats in the Senate because of his conservative positions.

Grenell was finally confirmed by the Senate in a vote along party lines on April 26, which coincided with German Chancellor Angela Merkel's recent trip to the US.

Pence spoke about the importance of the "historic alliance" between Germany and the US during the swearing-in ceremony. He expressed confidence that Grenell would continue to help advance "the cause of peace, prosperity and freedom" that both countries have fostered for decades.

"With Ambassador Grenell leading our diplomatic mission to Germany, we're going to confront shared challenges, seek our shared opportunities, and build a shared future with our allies and friends in Germany," Pence said at the ceremony.

The confirmation makes Grenell one of the most prominent gay members of the Trump administration.Each evening at 1830 UTC, DW's editors send out a selection of the day's hard news and quality feature journalism. You can sign up to receive it directly here.