[W]ith an eye on the November election, Trump is determined to surround himself with his most loyal servants.
Germans do not view the United States as a ... well-meaning hegemon anymore. Instead, Germans see a country run by a rude nationalist who cares very little about alliances.
Grenell has achieved nothing with his blustering offenses.
The U.S. ambassador is in the right. Germany is making a serious political error by sticking rigidly to implementing Nord Stream 2.