Trump’s Pick For German Ambassador Is A Russian Apologist, And A Racist
President Donald Trump’s pick to become the next U.S. ambassador to Germany “has a history of making xenophobic and racist comments about immigrants and refugees in both Germany and the US,” according to CNN. He also appears to be a Russian apologist.
- Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor, who CNN noted is a “decorated combat veteran, author and frequent guest on Fox News,” has previously claimed that Muslims migrated to Europe "with the goal of eventually turning Europe into an Islamic state.”
- Macgregor reportedly also criticized the German government for giving welfare benefits to "millions of unwanted Muslim invaders" rather than beefing up its armed forces.
- Should he receive Senate confirmation, CNN noted, Macgregor “would oversee a new diplomatic period in US-German relations, one that has reached new lows after reports that Trump bullied and berated German Chancellor Angela Merkel on state phone calls.”
- The news outlet also reported that “Macgregor's newly unearthed comments come as the Trump administration announced it will withdraw nearly 12,000 troops from bases in Germany.”
- This move is widely viewed as a gift to Russian President Vladimir Putin, but Macgregor’s past comments suggest his position on Russia runs counter to mainstream U.S. policy.
- CNN reported:
During an appearance in 2014 on RT, the Russian state-controlled media network, Macgregor said that Eastern and Southern Ukrainians are "clearly Russian" and "we now have a demand for recognition that the people that live in those areas are, in fact, Russians."
While Russia considers southern and eastern Ukraine to be Russian -- and illegally annexed Crimea in 2014 and began an ongoing war with Ukraine over it -- Ukraine, the European Union and the US does not recognize that, and considers the region to be Ukrainian.
A review of dozens of Macgregor’s radio and television interviews by CNN’s KFile revealed that the nominee “often demonized immigrants and refugees.”
- He once warned that Mexican cartels were "driving millions of Mexicans with no education, no skills and the wrong culture into the United States, placing them essentially as wards of the American people."
- Speaking of Muslim refugees during the height of the global migrant crisis, Macgregor said, "these people are not coming to assimilate or become Europeans--quite the opposite. They're coming to take over whatever they can get."
- He has also called for martial law at the southern U.S. border, saying in 2019: "Well, the only solution is martial law on the border, putting the United States Army in charge of it and closing it off would take about 30, 40,000 troops. We're talking about the regular army. You need robust rules of engagement. That means that you can shoot people as required if your life is in danger.”
- In 2016, Macgregor wrote on the same issue: "Once it becomes clear that Central Americans AND Mexicans [and other illegals], are NOT going to survive an attempt to enter the US, and will be LUCKY if they are turned back rather than killed in the attempt to violate US sovereign borders, the flow will diminish substantially.”
CNN reported that Macgregor’s nomination has already met with opposition in the Senate, as “Senate Foreign Relations Ranking Member Bob Menendez, whose committee oversees Macgregor's nomination, told CNN that Macgregor's comments disqualify him from any government office and called on his colleagues to reject Macgregor.”
"Colonel MacGregor's public statements over the years on immigration, Muslims, and our relationship with Germany should disqualify him for any government office, much less to represent the United States as an ambassador. Even if his views reflect those of President Trump, it is incumbent on the entire Senate, including Senate Republicans, to reject this nominee," said Menendez.