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Merkel Ally Downplays Irritation with New US Ambassador

Merkel Ally Downplays Irritation with New US Ambassador

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 10:38 AM

BERLIN (AP) — A leading member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party is downplaying irritation with the new U.S. ambassador that has led to opposition calls for his removal, suggesting that outspoken opinions from the appointee of President Donald Trump are just something to get used to.

In less than a month as ambassador, Richard Grenell has raised the ire of many, first for tweeting that German companies should stop doing business with Iran and now for an interview saying he wants to "empower" European conservatives.

Volker Kauder, the leader in parliament of Merkel's Union bloc, said Tuesday that conventionally an ambassador represents his country's interests but "if the American ambassador understands his work a little differently, it's up to him."

He says "you have to take it how it is."

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