Richard Grenell drew his fair share of criticism from the media while serving as President Donald Trump’s acting Director of National Intelligence, but now he is serving it right back.
After a legacy peace deal brokered by the Trump administration between Kosovo and Serbia received little attention from the media, Grenell slammed reporters for both burying the story and/or outright ignoring it.
Trump’s second major deal in two months
Last month, the Trump administration announced a major peace deal had been brokered between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The media had no choice but to cover the story after Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden tried to take credit for it.
This week, the Trump administration has brokered yet another major peace deal, but this time the media practically skipped right over it. On Friday, Trump announced, “I’m pleased to announce a truly historic commitment: Serbia and Kosovo have each committed to economic normalization.”
Kosovo and Serbia may not capture the public interest quite like Pakistan, Israel, the UAE, or Iran, but make no mistake about it, this agreement is helping to resolve a major European conflict. The butterfly effect of this deal will also impact Israel’s standing in the world, something that simply cannot be overlooked.
“[P]erhaps most importantly of all, Serbia has pledged to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, while Kosovo has agreed to mutual recognition with Israel,” Grennell wrote in an op-ed explaining the agreement. Read it here.
Grenell goes off on reporters
Grenell, a top Trump ally who served as the special envoy to negotiate the deal, became clearly upset during a White House press conference after a reporter tried to change the subject.
“Let me just talk about Kosovo and Serbia. I don’t know if you can find it on a map. But this is atrocious,” Grennell said in frustration.
“You might be too young to understand what this issue is about,” Grennell continued. “Maybe the older journalists should step up and say, ‘This is a big deal. This is a big issue.’ I’m astounded at what happens in Washington, D.C., and especially in this room.”
“Maybe it’s too complicated of an issue for you all,” he added.
After another reporter attempted to interject, Grennell fired back, “We’re getting the same questions that are all politics. You guys don’t understand what’s happening outside of Washington, D.C. People aren’t listening to you, anymore. It’s really a crisis in journalism, and I think it’s because people are too young to understand issues like Kosovo and Serbia.”