Former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell castigated the White House press corps for a perceived lack of interest in Friday’s news that Serbia agreed to become the third country to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“This is atrocious … You might be too young to understand what this issue is about,” Grenell said during a White House press conference that was intended to address the news that Serbia and Kosovo had agreed to a historic agreement to normalize relations. “Maybe the older journalists should step up and say, ‘This is a big deal.’ … I am astounded about what happens in D.C. and especially [in the White House Briefing].”
.@RichardGrenell brings the 🔥🔥:
“This is atrocious… You might be too young to understand what this issue is about. Maybe the older journalists should step up and say, ‘This is a big deal…’ I am astounded about what happens in DC & especially [in the White House Briefing.]” pic.twitter.com/GP3injzowY
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest)
September 4, 2020
Grenell, who serves as the special presidential envoy for Serbia and Kosovo peace negotiations, added that the issue is “substantive, maybe it’s too complicated of an issue for you all.”
Grenell continued: “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.”
Grenell was widely criticized by many left-leaning journalists, who took issue with his critique of the media, and the former ambassador to Germany responded to some of those criticisms on Twitter.
“I’m not paid,” Grenell tweeted in response to Vox’s Aaron Rupar. “You get this advice for FREE! You are welcome.”
The agreed upon deal normalizes relations between Kosovo, a majority Muslim region that declared independence in 2008, and Serbia in every area from air and rail to the opening of borders, according to Fox News.