President Donald Trump will select retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor to fill the role of the U.S. ambassador to Germany, Politico reports.
The White House made the announcement about Trump’s intended nominee on Monday.
"Colonel Douglas Macgregor is a decorated combat veteran, author, and a consultant. Colonel Macgregor is widely recognized as an expert on force design and grand strategy," the White House announcement states. "He is a frequent radio and television commentator on national security affairs and his writings on military affairs have been influential in the transformation of United States ground forces, NATO, and the Israeli Defense Force."
MacGregor told Politico that he looks forward to a confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
He would not provide any additional comment. He said the White House asked him to withhold public comments while he is under consideration.
He was previously in the running for the position of undersecretary of defense for policy. That nomination ultimately went to Anthony Tata, a retired Army brigadier general, who is scheduled to appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee for his confirmation hearing on Thursday.
Macgregor, a frequent guest on Fox News, speaks fluent German and is well-versed in German political and military history, Politico reports.
If given the post, he will head to Berlin where relations between the two countries have been contentious.
Daniel Davis, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who has known Macgregor for decades, told Politico that his former colleague a good choice, especially for advancing Trump's diplomatic agenda.
“Macgregor speaks fluent German, lived there for many years, and is a great representative to Germany,” Davis, a senior fellow at the think tank Defense Priorities, said. “Trump has had good instincts on what makes good foreign policy for the United States, but too often his own administration has thwarted his agenda, making it impossible to implement sound policy. That has especially been true regarding Trump’s recently stated desire to draw down a reasonable number of U.S. military personnel from Germany.”
Davis added: “Macgregor will be effective in turning Trump’s desire into reality because he can articulate the strong logic for doing so. Macgregor can help Trump’s intent for troop reductions from Germany become a reality.”
Since retiring from the Army, MacGregor has written several books and worked as a defense consultant.
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