German politicians are calling for the ouster of U.S. ambassador to Berlin Richard Grenell, accusing the Trump appointee of domestic political meddling after he told right-wing news outlet Breitbart that he wants to “empower other conservatives throughout Europe.”
Martin Schulz, former leader of the Social Democratic Party, said: “What this man is doing is unheard of in international diplomacy. If a German ambassador were to say in Washington that he is there to boost the Democrats, he would have been kicked out immediately.”
The leader of left-wing party Linke, Sahra Wagenknecht, said Berlin should immediately get rid of Grenell. “Someone like U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell, who thinks he can lord over Europe and determine who is governing here, he can no longer stay in Germany as a diplomat,” she said.
Grenell also sparked outrage shortly after assuming his post in early May when he called upon German companies to stop doing business with Iran in light of President Donald Trump’s exit from the Iran nuclear deal.