In his final few days as the President of the United States of America, President Trump has appointed Richard Grenell, a former ambassador to Germany and outspoken Israel advocate, to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Council.
A week after the President announced the appointment of three White House staffers, including Andrew Giuliani, Trump’s golfing buddy and the son of Rudy Giuliani, on Wednesday, he added two new members to the council. Richard Grenell, Martin Oliner and Susan Levine of Arizona, who has been a major donor to the museum were the three new names that were finalized by the President for appointment onto the US Holocaust Museum Council which inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.
Grenell had been close to the pro-Israel community since his George W. Bush stint as spokesman for the U.S. mission to the United Nations.
As ambassador to Germany, one of Grenell’s first acts was to aggressively press Germany and Europe to enhance sanctions on Iran and its proxies. He also played a role in deporting to Germany an alleged Nazi war criminal. Grenell also served as Trump’s acting director of national intelligence and has joined those claiming that there was widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
All five members selected by the President will serve a five-year term on the council, which acts as the board of trustees of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. The United States Holocaust Memorial Council was established by Congress in 1980 to lead the nation in commemorating the Holocaust and to raise private funds for and build the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Once the Museum opened in 1993, the Council became the governing board of trustees of the Museum, an independent establishment of the United States government operating as a public-private partnership that receives some federal funding to support operations of the Museum building.
The Council, which meets twice a year, consists of 55 members appointed by the president, as well as five members each from the Senate and House of Representatives and three ex-officio members from the Departments of Education, Interior, and State. The members who have a close connection with the incumbent President usually have an interest in Jewish affairs or human rights and are expected to fundraise for the museum. Presidential appointments serve for a five-year term; 11 members’ terms expire each year.