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Report: US ambassador to Germany to step down

Richard Grenell at a reception in Berlin in 2019 | Alexander Becher/EPA-EFE

Richard Grenell will not return from Washington after interim job as head of the US secret service.

Richard Grenell will step down as U.S. ambassador to Berlin in a few weeks, according to a report from German outlet Die Welt based on information from the German Press Agency.

U.S. President Donald Trump in February called Grenell back to Washington to take over the head of the U.S. secret service on an interim basis, after replacing former acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire.

Grenell’s term as Trump’s top intelligence official is coming to an end. Last week, the U.S. Senate confirmed that Congressman John Ratcliffe will succeed Grenell in the job.

In early March, the Daily Wire reported that Grenell had informed the White House that he did not wish to return to Berlin once his interim role in Washington was over. At that time though, there was no official confirmation either from the White House or from the embassy in Berlin.

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