The State Department referred press inquiries to the White House. The White House declined to comment, as did Macgregor.
The retired colonel in the army is a divisive figure who is venerated by some former officers and analysts for questioning the orthodoxy of the army and criticized by some as an opportunist who is still bitter that he was not promoted to general. Some asked if he had the experience of taking on the Pentagon post; Defense Minister Mark Esper expressed reservations, POLITICO reported in early April.
According to the American Foreign Service Association, which POLITICO has been informed, around three dozen ambassadorial positions are vacant. More than a dozen candidates are waiting to be confirmed, and there are some positions, such as Syria, that the United States is reluctant to fill soon.
One post that may need to be filled soon is the Ambassador to Germany, a role held by Richard Grenell, who also serves as Acting Director of the National Secret Service. Grenell has announced that he will step down from his ambassadorial post when Senate Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) confirms as the next DNI.
Germany would be a logical post for Macgregor, which is rooted in German military and political history. Macgregor wrote about the fighting between the Soviet Union and Germany in World War II. As a young army officer, he also extensively examined the relationship between the Soviet Union and the communist GDR during the Cold War.
A message requires confirmation from the Senate. Given the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on legislative drafting, there is no guarantee that Macgregor will go through the process soon.
Having Fox News on your resume doesn’t hurt if you have a Trump message in mind. Grenell and the U.S. ambassadors to New Zealand and Poland are among those who appeared on the conservative network before being won over as Trump envoys.
As one of the most vocal critics of Iraq’s military strategy, Macgregor would have been a controversial choice to run the Pentagon’s policy shop. In recent months, Macgregor has written on a wider range of topics, from how Trump should deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin to the future of NATO.
Macgregor’s defense lawyers say he would be able to translate Trump’s foreign policy instincts into successful policies.
“In the past three years, too many senior advisors have been more interested in changing Trump’s views to be their own rather than faithful to his,” said Daniel Davis, a retired army lieutenant colonel famously rejected publicly an expanded US mission to Afghanistan, POLITICO said early