In this file photo taken on May 08, 2018 then newly accredited US Ambassador to Germany Richard Allen Grenell stands in front of a military honor guard during an accreditation ceremony for new Ambassadors in Berlin. AFP / Odd ANDERSEN
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Germany Monday said it had asked the new U.S. ambassador in Berlin, outspoken Trump loyalist Richard Grenell, to clarify his reported comments on website Breitbart that he wants to "empower" European conservatives.Grenell, who took up his Berlin post less than a month ago, was quoted by Breitbart London Sunday as speaking of his excitement at a "European groundswell of conservative policies" brought about because of "the failed policies of the left".Lars Klingbeil, general secretary of the Social Democrats – Merkel's junior coalition partners – led a chorus of condemnation with a tweet in English addressed directly at Grenell.Grenell assumed the post in early May, which had been left vacant for 15 months, and on his first day tweeted that German companies should stop doing business with Iran – when President Donald Trump abandoned the nuclear deal with the Islamic republic.
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