Senate Confirms Richard Grenell as Ambassador to Germany

Pals Macron arrived in Washington for the first state visit of the Trump presidency on Tuesday

Grenell has a reputation for launching sexist attacks through his Twitter account and disparaging women in media and politics.

Whereas the USA president has forged an improbable bromance with his French counterpart, his relationship with the German chancellor is more strained.

After an outcry from USA allies, Trump granted a temporary exemption to key partners, including Canada and the European Union.

Germany expects Washington to impose punitive tariffs on European Union aluminium and steel imports from May 1, a government source said Thursday, hours before Chancellor Angela Merkel was to head for the United States.

"There is a special responsibility that all USA officials have to reject partisan politics when they take government service jobs", he said.

"We can talk about this thing again", said the source.

"We will ask Germany to step up on burden-sharing", the official said, adding that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation needed to be strong and prepared to address a host of major foreign policy issues including Syria, Iran, China and Russian Federation.

Shortly after his nomination, Richard Grenell - who is known for his pugilistic conservatism and combative defense of Trump's "America First" policies - told AFP it was "humbling" to be chosen for a post once held by John Quincy Adams, and he vowed to work diligently.

She added that Grenell "has also been dismissive of the threat of Russia's meddling in the U.S., a fact that is doubly concerning as Germany is one of our closest and most important allies in pushing back on Russian aggression on the world stage".

The United States sees the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which would double the existing pipeline's annual capacity of 55 billion cubic metres, as a threat to Europe's energy security. Trump could seize on this, as well as Germany's slow progress in moving closer to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence spending target.

Merkel trump has developed a cooler relationship than with a Macron.

Macron called on the United States not to abandon a multinational Iran nuclear deal as Western envoys said Britain, France and Germany were nearing a package that seeks to persuade Trump to save the pact. This gives Merkel something to work with.

This time around, the tricolor French flags were only just removed in time for Merkel's arrival for a one day, run-of-the-mill "working visit".

"Those are the fields in which her position is stronger because the Europeans are united and Macron has done the prep work".

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