In yet another ‘Trump did this not Obama’ example, the Trump administration, led by U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, is launching a global effort to end the criminalization of homosexuality in dozens of nations where it’s still illegal to be gay. It’s a move that especially targets such nations as Iran where homosexuals are routinely imprisoned and put to death. While Barack Obama said little to nothing of these horrors while shipping billions of dollars to the religious extremist Iranian government, the Trump administration is taking a far different approach, condemning the brutal regime and calling on the world to join the effort.
Via NBC News:
BERLIN — The Trump administration is launching a global campaign to end the criminalization of homosexuality in dozens of nations where it’s still illegal to be gay, U.S. officials tell NBC News, a bid aimed in part at denouncing Iran over its human rights record.
U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, the highest-profile openly gay person in the Trump administration, is leading the effort, which kicks off Tuesday evening in Berlin. The U.S. embassy is flying in LGBT activists from across Europe for a strategy dinner to plan to push for decriminalization in places that still outlaw homosexuality — mostly concentrated in the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.
“It is concerning that, in the 21st century, some 70 countries continue to have laws that criminalize LGBTI status or conduct,” said a U.S. official involved in organizing the event.
Although the decriminalization strategy is still being hashed out, officials say it’s likely to include working with global organizations like the United Nations, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, as well as other countries whose laws already allow for gay rights. Other U.S. embassies and diplomatic posts throughout Europe, including the U.S. Mission to the E.U., are involved, as is the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.
Narrowly focused on criminalization, rather than broader LGBT issues like same-sex marriage, the campaign was conceived partly in response to the recent reported execution by hanging of a young gay man in Iran, the Trump administration’s top geopolitical foe.
Grenell, known for his hawkish views on national security, is also currently under consideration to be Trump’s ambassador to the U.N., three U.S. officials tell NBC News, after Trump’s previous pick for the job, Heather Nauert, withdrew from consideration over the weekend. Grenell once served as spokesman for the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. when that role was inhabited by John Bolton, who is now Trump’s national security adviser.
Should Grenell be selected to serve as the next U.N. ambassador it would be the highest ranking position ever achieved by an openly gay individual in the U.S. government.
Once again, President Trump did that—not Obama.
And once again President Trump’s actions speak far louder and more truthfully than the image of him portrayed by the fake news media complex.