Douglas Macgregor attacked Merkels immigration policy – Business Insider
President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next ambassador to Germany has said Berlin and the European Union are too welcoming to Muslims.
In a series of comments unearthed by CNN, Douglas Macgregor said German Chancellor Angela Merkel was “more concerned about providing free services to millions of unwanted Muslim invaders” than funding the army.
He also complained that the EU provided “very luxurious and extremely expensive welfare” to Muslim refugees during the migrant crisis.
He claimed on multiple occasions that Muslim migrants wanted to take over Europe.
Macgregor supports Trump’s decision to withdraw nearly 12,000 troops from Germany and has said the US should no longer be what he describes as Berlin’s “first responder.”
A regular guest on Fox News, he has promoted unfounded right-wing conspiracy theories.
President Donald Trump’s pick for US ambassador to Germany has accused Chancellor Angela Merkel of prioritizing “unwanted Muslim invaders” over military spending and has said Muslim migrants want to turn Europe “into an Islamic state.”
The White House on July 27 announced that Douglas Macgregor, a retired Army tank commander, was Trump’s nominee to succeed Richard Grenell as the US ambassador to the European Union’s largest economy, saying he is “widely recognized as an expert on force design and grand strategy.”
Macgregor, a frequent guest on Fox News, has accused both Germany and the EU’s immigration policies of being too welcoming to Muslim migrants, claiming that they have “the goal of eventually turning Europe into an Islamic state.”
In a series of comments unearthed by CNN, Macgregor in 2018 attacked Merkel’s decision to welcome hundreds of thousands of refugees to Germany during the migrant crisis, claiming she was “more concerned about providing free services to millions of unwanted Muslim invaders, to be blunt, than it does about its own armed forces in the defense of its country.”
He told a podcast that Germany was “spending money, but they have practically no armed forces, their army, their air force, both are terribly demoralized.”
In 2015, Macgregor complained that the EU was providing what he called “very luxurious and extremely expensive welfare” to Muslim refugees during the migrant crisis and said “these people are not coming to assimilate or become Europeans — quite the opposite. They’re coming to take over whatever they can get.”
Similarly, in 2016, he said Muslim migrants were “not coming to assimilate and become part of Europe” but rather were “coming to benefit to consume and to establish themselves inside other people’s countries with the goal of eventually turning Europe into an Islamic state.”
“That’s a bad thing for the West,” he continued. “It’s a bad thing for Europeans.”
Macgregor is an enthusiastic supporter of Trump’s move to withdraw thousands of troops from Germany.
In 2018, he told a podcast that the US should “make it clear” to Germany that “we are not going to be the first responder” and said “the Germans, like the Koreans and the Japanese, are tired of this American troop presence on their soil,” calling for a “change our relationship with Germany in terms of military power.”
A year later he told Fox News: “We will continue to be allied and we will support, but we’re not going to rush hundreds of thousands of troops to the Polish border to deal with the Russians.
“The Germans, thanks to us, don’t feel obligated to defend themselves. And the president has simply said, ‘Look, why should the American taxpayer defend you if you aren’t willing to defend yourself?'”
Macgregor has not responded to Business Insider’s request for comment.
Macgregor is inheriting a strained US relationship with Germany
His appointment comes amid months of tension between Washington and Berlin after Merkel’s government reacted angrily to Trump’s decision to withdraw nearly 12,000 troops from Germany.
Johann Wadephul, a senior figure in Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party, said: “We expect our leading ally to act as a model, with orientation and balance — not maximum pressure. You don’t treat partners like this.”
Peter Beyer, Germany’s coordinator of transatlantic cooperation, said the move was “completely unacceptable.”
A report published last week by a London-based think tank, the Royal United Services Institute, said Germany no longer believed it could expect the US’s help against threats posed by Russia and China.
The report said Germany “is on the frontline” of the West’s efforts to repel interference from the Kremlin and Beijing but “with President Donald Trump well into his fourth year as president, it no longer feels it can rely on the US to underpin its security.”
Andreas Michaelis, Germany’s ambassador to the UK, recently told Business Insider that “shortcomings” in Germany’s relationship with the US meant that working with the Trump administration was “not easy.”
“With all the shortcomings in terms of information policy, and things being decided without consultation, this untidiness that has crept into the relationship is something that worries us,” Michaelis said.
Macgregor has expressed views on other major issues in European geopolitics that fall outside the mainstream.
In 2014, weeks after Russia illegally annexed the Ukrainian region of Crimea, he told the Kremlin-owned media outlet Russia Today that eastern and southern Ukrainians were “clearly Russian” and “should be allowed to join Russia” — a position not reflected in US foreign policy.
In June 2019, Macgregor said Democrats were plotting to alter the demographics of the US for electoral advantage, echoing the Great Replacement far-right dogma claiming that progressives are secretly plotting to replace white Americans with nonwhite Americans.
Macgregor in December spread unfounded allegations about George Soros, the Jewish financier who is a frequent target of conspiracy theories in both the US and Europe.