U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell tells Breitbart he wants to 'empower' Europe's right

U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell in Germany
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In an interview published Sunday, U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell told Breitbart London that he wants to encourage Europe's resurgent right, specifically calling himself a "big fan" of Austria's conservative chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, who, Breitbart points out, recently "stood up to German Chancellor Angela Merkel" over Europe's immigration policies. "I absolutely want to empower other conservatives throughout Europe, other leaders," Grenell said. "I think there is a groundswell of conservative policies that are taking hold because of the failed policies of the left."

Grenell called his new job — he was confirmed by the Senate, 56-42, in April — "an exciting time for me," saying: "I look across the landscape and we've got a lot of work to do but I think the election of Donald Trump has empowered individuals and people to say that they can't just allow the political class to determine before an election takes place, who's going to win and who should run." Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), criticized Grenell's comments, teeing off a summary tweeted by Tom Wright at the Brookings Institution:

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