Donald Trump has nominated an openly gay man to be the United States ambassador to Germany.
Richard Grenell, a diplomat and prominent Trump supporter, has been picked for that position.
If confirmed by the Senate, Grenell would be the first openly LGBTI ambassador for Trump, ABC News reported.
His nomination was announced by the White House on 1 September, but rumors of an ambassador nomination started swirling in mid-July.
At the time, Politico said Grenell would either be named the ambassador to Germany or to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).
A White House statement noted that the 50-year-old Grenell had served as ‘the primary communications adviser for public officials at the local, state, federal, and international levels, as well as for a Fortune 200 ranked company.’
Viewers of the Fox News Channel will recognize him for his frequent appearances as a foreign affairs commentator.
Grenell served eight years as spokesperson for the United States at the United Nations during the George W. Bush administration.
Before that, he acted as political advisor to a number of Republicans including New York Governor George Pataki.
However, Grenell is perhaps best remembered for his short stint as national security spokesperson for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, the first openly gay spokesperson for a Republican presidential candidate.
Backlash from social conservatives prompted him to resign after two weeks. At the time, Grenell said publicity about his sexuality was obscuring the message he was trying to deliver.
Currently, Grenell lives in Palm Springs and is a founding partner in Capital Media Partners, an international communications and public affairs consulting firm based in Los Angeles.
ABC News reported Grenell began chemotherapy treatment in June 2013 following a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Shortly after that, he announced he was in remission.
Because of his cancer diagnosis, Grenell co-developed the app ChemoWave, which tracks patients’ moods, conditions and symptoms from chemotherapy.
Grenell earned a bachelor of arts from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, and a master of public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.