January 18, 2022

Ex-Trump Aide Ric Grenell Joins Newsmax as Vice President and Analyst

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Ric Grenell, who was appearing Director of Nationwide Intelligence beneath former President Donald Trump, has joined conservative cable channel Newsmax as an on-air analyst and government.

The transfer for Grenell, a former Fox Information contributor, is the most recent occasion of Newsmax filling its ranks with Fox News alum and Trump loyalists because the fledgling community strives to lure conservative viewers away from its rival.

In accordance with Newsmax’s press announcement, Grenell will function a β€œnationwide safety contributor” in addition to vp for worldwide improvement. The community stated that Grenell will β€œwork to broaden the Newsmax model internationally” in his government position.

β€œRic Grenell is a grasp of politics, media and authorities and we consider our viewers will achieve nice perception from his broad expertise and public service,” Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy stated in a press release.

β€œI’m honored to hitch Newsmax as a Nationwide Safety Contributor and in addition to spearhead their worldwide partnerships,” Grenell added.

Grenell served as ambassador to Germany from Sept. 2017 by way of June 2020 beneath former President Trump. The loyal Trump aide was later put in as appearing DNI in Feb. 2020, changing Joseph Maguire. Grenell served within the position till Could of that 12 months, when former Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) was confirmed to take the submit.

Exterior his time working for the Trump administration and Fox Information, Grenell is known for his acerbic presence on social media, often stepping into Twitter fights and taking goal on the β€œfaux information” and liberal pundits. He’s additionally confronted backlash over his β€œsnarky” tweets commenting on the non-public appearances of feminine politicians and journalists.

Newsmax has lately undergone a minor makeover, after its scores collapsed in 2021 following a short post-election surge. The corporate hired two longtime Fox News producers in October to reshape its newsroom and brought on ex-Fox News reporter James Rosen as its new chief White Home correspondent earlier this month.

On the similar time, the community parted methods with primetime host and ex-Trump adviser Steve Cortes and White Home reporter Emerald Robinson. Cortes’ departure got here amid his public criticism of Newsmax’s vaccine coverage, which is in keeping with the Biden administration’s requirement for giant companies. Robinson, in the meantime, was pulled off the air after she peddled the patently absurd conspiracy idea that COVID-19 vaccines embody satanic β€œbioluminescent” trackers.

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