‘An amazing friend of the Jewish community’: Jewish leaders support Grenell appointment to Holocaust memorial council

President Donald Trump on Tuesday named three of his supporters to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, including Richard Grenell, former acting director of national intelligence. 

Many Jewish leaders supported the decision, including founder of Americans Against Antisemitism (AAA) Dov Hikind.

“I know Grenell, he’s an amazing guy, I think he’s a great addition. His sensitivity to the Holocaust, the Jewish people… I am absolutely thrilled,” Hikind, who is the son of Holocaust survivors, told reporter Jennie Taer on Wednesday.

Grenell served as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany before overseeing the nation’s 17 spy agencies, which made him the first openly gay person to hold a Cabinet position. He previously served as U.S. spokesman at the United Nations in the George W. Bush administration.

“He is a very special individual with tremendous sensitivity for other people and an amazing friend of the Jewish community in every single way. I wish more of my Jewish friends were as committed as he is to the Jewish people,” Hikind continued.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Council was established by Congress in 1980 to supervise the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Trump previously nominated other allies to the council, including Andrew Giuliani, the son of the president’s personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani.

Grenell will serve a five-year term on the Council.

“He is a wonderful addition to anything relating to the Holocaust because of who he is and what he’s all about,” Hikind said.

Jennie Taer contributed to this report.

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