Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) had positioned himself as a champion of gay rights in his opposition to Mike Pompeo to become secretary of state, then on Thursday he voted against Richard Grenell, the Trump administration’s first prominent openly-gay nominee, for U.S. ambassador to Germany. Grenell’s nomination was confirmed by the Senate anyway, in a 56
The U.S. Senate confirmed Richard Grenell, former Mitt Romney campaign spokesman and communications director for John Bolton when he served as U.S. ambassador to the U.N., as U.S. ambassador to Germany Thursday. The Senate voted 56 to 42 to confirm shortly after 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) crossed party lines Thursday
Nine Democratic senators facing re-election in November in states President Donald Trump 18 won months ago remain silent on the nomination of Richard Grenell as U.S. Ambassador to Germany ahead of the final vote Thursday. Grenell, who is openly gay, would be, if confirmed, the highest ranking openly-gay U.S. government official ever to serve. Sens.
Syrian President Bashar Assad is not an independent actor. The Assad regime owes its existence to Iran and Russia. Bashar Assad would never have carried out his April 7 chemical weapons attack against rebel forces and their families in Douma, outside Damascus, if he hadn’t received a green light from Russia and operational assistance and