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Richard Grenell Denies Politico Story That He Is Joining Trump’s 2020 Campaign Team

Richard Grenell Denies Politico Story That He Is Joining Trump’s 2020 Campaign Team

“The entire story isn’t true. And your response is scary – you don’t believe the campaign denial nor mine. But claim you have some anonymous source. Do you realize how ridiculous you sound?”

Richard Grenell has denied the story in Politico that he is expected to join President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign team.

Grenell is stepping down from his role as ambassador to Germany and recently left his post as acting director of national intelligence.

The sources said that Grenell will concentrate on fundraising and strategy.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Tuesday afternoon that Trump has not chosen the next position for Grenell:

“Has the president decided what’s next for Ric Grenell in terms of employment?” a reporter asked.

“He hasn’t but Ric Grenell is a very valued member of this administration. He’s done extraordinary work at ODNI. He has a great history. We’ll see where he goes next, but just know Ric Grenell has done an excellent job in that position. I expect John Ratcliffe will as he takes over,” McEnany said.

Trump gushed over Grenell in an interview on Sunday, calling him a “superstar” and praised his “guts” and “courage to do what he did.”

Grenell has been a force since becoming an ambassador. His no-nonsense, unapologetic attitude sent shivers down the spine of those in Germany and Europe.

But that attitude got Germany to increase its NATO spending and ban Hezbollah.

The left has always claimed Trump is anti-gay and a homophobe. Yet he had no problem with Grenell, an openly gay man, constantly denouncing countries that criminalize homosexuality and even said Trump’s administration may not share as much intelligence with those countries.

As acting DNI, Grenell caused another firestorm by reducing the size of the office, which saved $19 million.

More importantly, Grenell released valuable information on the Russia investigation and Michael Flynn, which provided many hints that the FBI targeted Flynn and set him up.

Grenell changed the way the office will “protect the identities of U.S. citizens contained within intelligence reporting.”

The supposed anti-gay Trump administration had no problem with Grenell including LGBT issues in his ODNI changes:

— Formed an IC-wide working group to support the U.S. government policy for the decriminalization of homosexuality in the 69 countries where homosexuality is a punishable offense

— Directed national security and counterintelligence experts to examine the process by which LGBT applicants obtain a security clearance without jeopardizing the often delicate relationships with family, friends, and co-workers


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Morning Sunshine | May 27, 2020 at 3:17 pm

So, when is Twitter going to “fact-check” Politico?

    McGehee in reply to Morning Sunshine. | May 27, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    I’d settle for Snopes fact-checking Politico half as often as it has “fact-checked” the Babylon Bee.

      Snopes is b.s. – we busted them a long time ago.

      Milhouse in reply to McGehee. | May 28, 2020 at 7:40 am

      Snopes does not and never has fact-checked the Bee. No matter how many times you say it, it won’t become any truer. But it has always, from the very beginning, fact-checked stories that are circulating as if they were true, but which actually come from satirical sources. One of the standard verdicts on a story used to be that it comes from The World Weekly News or The Onion, and is therefore by definition false.

      Now the WWN has stopped publishing and the Onion is no longer funny, but there are a host of sites that have entered that market, including the Bee, and their stories inevitably sometimes escape and start circulating as true stories, and thus need debunking.

      That’s what the term “fake news” originally meant, before Trump hijacked it and changed its meaning. As Hillary Clinton used it, “fake news” didn’t mean “The news media are lying”, it meant “That story comes from the Onion“, or some other source that makes up obviously fake news stories, not to mislead but for fun. Trump took that term and essentially said, “So how is that different from what the actual news media are doing? They make up stories too, which are just as fictional, they just don’t admit it. They’re no more reliable than the Onion or the Bee.”

It never ceases to amaze me that the media writes fiction that is ungrounded in truth, regardless of facts, photos, sworn testimony, historical evidence, and anything else that doesn’t match what they got from interviewing Unnamed Source* and Former Administration Member¹.
(*) The reporter’s lamp
(1) The reporter’s chair

These people are gossip peddlers.
Journalism is dead, present company excepted.

I don’t want him anywhere near the campaign. I want him as Director, FBI.

    Tom Servo in reply to txvet2. | May 27, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    I agree, there’s no reason to think he has any particular skill in campaigning. Kicking ass and taking names, now that’s his skill!!!

They cannot admit a mistake, they are never wrong, it’s always someone else’s fault

healthguyfsu | May 27, 2020 at 5:14 pm

He’s obviously a traitor because he’s gay and not-left. There must be something wrong with him, so the media are going to find it and take him down as quickly as possible before word gets out that you can be gay and not-left.

BierceAmbrose | May 27, 2020 at 6:34 pm

They’ve just inoculated Grenall against anything they want to throw at him later.

“Oh, you mean you have a lock on this here like you had on ‘working for the campaign’ before?”

What if I have an anonymous source that says all democrats are pedophiles?

clayusmcret | May 28, 2020 at 10:34 am

Do NOT put Grenell on the campaign. Put him in a pit bull position within the administration. THAT is where he’d be most effective for everyone.

I believe what we are seeing is Grenell doing most of what the FBI leadership was terrified of Flynn doing when he took office, only three years later.

Now we’re seeing Strzok setting himself up as the agent who setup Crossfire Hurricane, verified it, and approved it, a task that normally takes at least three agents but he managed by himself. If Flynn had managed to get wind of the scheme, it would have been “Where is the Woods procedures for this FISA? Who was unmasking members of the incoming administration so many times? Why doesn’t Susan Rice even *know* she was supposedly unmasking people? Etc…”