Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday decried the fact that President Donald Trump's nominee for ambassador to Germany has been held up in Congress.
"Rick Grenell not getting confirmed is an embarrassment," Hewitt said in an interview with South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham. "Jens Spahn is going to be the new chancellor, and we don't have an ambassador over there, and Rick is the perfect guy."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to serve a fourth and final term after her conservative party formed a coalition with the Social Democrats. Spahn, 37, is widely seen as a rising star in Merkel's Christian Democratic Union Party, and is set for a seat in the chancellor's Cabinet despite criticizing her in the election.
Grenell, who served in former President George W. Bush's administration as U.S. spokesperson to the United Nations and under several U.S. ambassadors, has yet to have his appointment confirmed despite being nominated in September.
Hewitt asked Graham if he would "go to the leader" and get Grenell's confirmation vote scheduled, to which the senator said "sure."
"Thirty hours is not too much to ask to have the most powerful non-nuclear nation in the world have an ambassador. I just can't get over this," Hewitt added.
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