#Richard Grenell joins RNC as senior adviser to help with LGBT outreach

#Richard Grenell joins RNC as senior adviser to help with LGBT outreach

August 20, 2020 | 9:41am | Updated August 20, 2020 | 10:12am

Former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell is joining the Republican National Committee to handle LGBT voter outreach, a GOP official tells The Post.

Grenell will serve as a senior adviser focused on political outreach in the LGBT community.

The career move comes after departing his last role, serving as the first openly gay US cabinet member in US history as President Trump’s acting DNI.

Grenell, who also previously served as US ambassador to Germany, has begun campaigning for the commander-in-chief ahead of the November election.

On Wednesday, the Log Cabin Republicans, an organization dedicated to LGBT conservatives, unveiled a campaign ad featuring Grenell in which he called Trump “the strongest ally that gay Americans have ever had in the White House.”

“The fact that I’m gay didn’t even faze Donald Trump,” he added in the campaign spot.

Grenell also highlighted presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s record, slamming his past support for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the Clinton-era policy that allowed LGBT service members to serve in the military but forced them to be closeted, and the Defense of Marriage Act, which denied same-sex marriage rights.

In a statement to The Post on his new role, Grenell again touted his belief that Trump was the right man for the job when it came to the concerns of LGBT voters.

“From President Trump’s global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality to becoming the first president to support gay marriage on his first day in office, he has been a champion for our community and I am thrilled to be part of the fight to re-elect him for four more years,” he said.

Prior to joining the Trump administration, Grenell was a spokesman at the United Nations.

He also made history in 2012 when he briefly served as Mitt Romney’s national security and foreign affairs spokesman. It made him the first openly gay person to serve as a spokesman for a GOP presidential candidate. He left the campaign following backlash from conservative groups over his sexuality and stances on homosexual equality, saying at the time, “my ability to speak clearly and forcefully on the issues has been greatly diminished by the hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues that sometimes comes from a presidential campaign.”

Former acting Director of National Intelligence and Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell
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