The Washington Examiner is reporting that Palm Springs resident and U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, is a "family favorite" to replace outgoing United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Haley, the former Governor of South Carolina, announced her resignation on Tuesday, to the surprise of many. She will leave the position at the end of the year. President Donald Trump praised Haley's performance during her tenure and said he has heard from a number of people who would like to replace her.
Grenell, the first openly gay appointee of the Trump Administration, served as the US spokesman and political appointee at the UN from 2001-2008.
He is the longest serving appointee at the U.N. in history. In his time as Ambassador to Germany, Grenell has as fierce and vocal defender of the President and his policies.
Despite the reports, Trump told reporters on Tuesday that Grenell was not on his shortlist to replace Haley. Trump said he preferred to keep Grenell at his current position.
"He is doing so well in a position that is so important," Trump said. "Ric is doing so well that I wouldn't want to move him. I'd personally rather keep Ric where he is."
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