Twice impeached ex-president Donald Trump just announced that he has his own personal “envoy ambassador” conducting foreign policy and it’s none other than… former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell.
In a statement issued earlier today, Trump said he sent Grenell to the Kosovo-Serbia border this week to meet with leaders and engage in peace talks. Or something. It’s not totally clear. But it sure sounds like some shadow government shit.
The former president has an envoy ambassador and is conducting foreign policy pic.twitter.com/m60Wkl9gU1
— David Freedlander (@freedlander) November 11, 2021
What is clear, however, is the Logan Act, which prohibits unauthorized American citizens from attempting to intervene or negotiate with foreign governments that are having disputes or controversies with the United States.
After meeting with government officials, Grenell held an impromptu press conference at the Merdare border crossing between Serbia and Kosovo, where he told reporters he came to the region as a “private citizen” because he was “frustrated” with how the Biden administration was handling the Serbia-Kosovo economic normalization agreement.
“Many of the Trump administration and many Americans are frustrated because we saw a historic agreement, an economic one, which we agreed on for the people of Kosovo and the people of Serbia is not respected,” he said.
But Grenell claiming to be there as a “private citizen” doesn’t totally square with a tweet the President of Albania, Ilir Meta, shared after their meeting, where he said it was a “pleasure” to sit down with Grenell in his office and talk about “further strengthening of the relation and collaboration between Albania and the United States.”
It's always a pleasure to have @RichardGrenell in Albania and in my office. His commitment in support of the further strengthening of the relation and collaboration between Albania and the United States is greatly appreciated. ????? pic.twitter.com/MbHU0UhmJ7
— Ilir Meta (@ilirmetazyrtar) November 9, 2021
Here’s what people are saying on Twitter about the whole thing…
Boy oh boy really rooting for the Logan Act right now
— Beaufighter (@Beaufighter_MkI) November 11, 2021
Perhaps they should arrest Grenell when he attempts to return to America.
— Dems Deliver Infrastructure! (@schwanderer) November 11, 2021
Trump and Grenell appear to be violating the Logan Act. Also, Trump is running his own shadow government. https://t.co/nydPmuaQ1o
— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) November 11, 2021
Yeah, I think there’s a law against that. FBI should meet Grenell at the airport when he returns.
— Tom Beshear (@BeshearTom) November 11, 2021
@RichardGrenell needs to be questioned by our actual government. Needs to be know what he is doing and why. Also, make it known who is paying for his activities.
— John (Jigen) Griffin-Atil (@JohnEdwin1964) November 11, 2021
Trump’s latest statement says Ric Grenell is serving as his "Envoy Ambassador” and is on the Kosovo Serbia border to work on the agreement from his administration.
This should be one of the exhibits for his involuntary commitment and establishment of a legal guardianship.
— Tom Joseph (@TomJChicago) November 11, 2021
Excuse me, Mr Grenell, DOJ is on line one…
— Kerri Leigh Alexander (@KerriLeighAlex1) November 11, 2021
Grenell was a pretend DNI too
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) November 11, 2021
Of all Mr. Trump’s personnel,
the worst may just be Ric Grenell.
Ric obeys when he’s spoken at
and forgot there’s the Logan Act –
Now Ric may get thrown in a cell pic.twitter.com/e1uxkVg99p
— poems and politics (@poems_politics) November 11, 2021
This is criminal. Trump & Grenell must be held accountable & prosecuted before further harm is done to our country. https://t.co/q1R8Uh61x5
— Richard Signorelli (@richsignorelli) November 11, 2021
Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore