US ambassador tells German businesses to stop trade in Iran 'immediately'

France, Germany say That They'll Stay Glued to Iran Atomic Thing

Germany waited almost 16 months for the Trump administration to send a new ambassador to Berlin.

Grenell, a former Fox News commentator who served as a United Nations spokesman during the George W. Bush administration, came under criticism after tweeting Tuesday that "German companies doing business in Iran should wind down operations immediately".

The French President Emmanuel Macron, who like other European leaders had lobbied Trump to keep the agreement, urged Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to respect the deal.

Le Drian mentioned Monday in Berlin that "we could continue it independently from this American decision".

Considering his habit of insulting female politicians via tweet, Grenell - a former spokesman for George W. Bush's ambassador to the United Nations, as well as 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney - was seen by Democrats as a bad choice for a USA ambassador, especially since he'd be working with a country led by a woman.

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Grenell, 51, a former Fox News commentator who served as spokesman of the US mission to the United Nations under George W. Bush, is well-known for his outspokenness.

"It's not up to me to teach the USA ambassador how to be diplomatic, but he does seem to need a bit of tutoring", said Andrea Nahles, the leader of Germany's Social Democratic Party, according to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

German politician Omid Nouripour, the head of the foreign policy committee in Germany's parliament and a leader with the country's Greens party who was born in Iran, also criticized the comments.

A German industry group, BDI, said they could not understand the reasoning behind the demand from Grenell. "It's just not a tone of cooperation".

Grenell defended his comments, tweeting that he used "the exact language sent out from the White House talking points & fact sheet".

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