Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor, a decorated combat veteran, author and frequent guest on Fox News, claimed that Muslim migrants were coming to Europe “with the goal of eventually turning Europe into an Islamic state.” He criticized Germany for giving “millions of unwanted Muslim invaders” welfare benefits rather than providing more funding for its armed services.
CNN’s KFile reviewed dozens of radio and television interviews with Macgregor and found he often demonized immigrants and refugees. He warned Mexican cartels were “driving millions of Mexicans with no education, no skills and the wrong culture into the United States, placing them essentially as wards of the American people.” He repeatedly advocated to institute martial law at the US-Mexico border and “shoot people” if necessary.
He also said that Eastern Ukrainians are “Russians” on the Russian state-controlled TV network RT in 2014 after Russia tried to annex Crimea and began an ongoing war with Ukraine over the territory — positions not supported by the European Union and United States. He lamented that the US government intervened against Serbian forces, who engaged in ethnic cleansing and war crimes, during the Kosovo War in the 1990s to “put, essentially, a Muslim drug mafia in charge of that country.”
CNN reached out to Macgregor for comment multiple times, but he did not respond. A State Department spokesperson referred CNN to the White House for questions about presidential nominations.
White House spokesman Judd Deere told CNN in an email that Macgregor is “enormously qualified” to serve as the ambassador to Germany, citing his expertise in German history and language and his experience serving in West Germany during the Cold War.
“While the Swamp may feel threatened by President Trump’s nominee, who believes strongly in putting America first, the White House wants to see this critical diplomatic post filled without delay,” said Deere.
Macgregor’s nomination is already seeing opposition in the Senate, however. Senate Foreign Relations Ranking Member Bob Menendez, whose committee oversees Macgregor’s nomination, told CNN that Macgregor’s comments disqualify him from any government office and called on his colleagues to reject Macgregor.
“Colonel MacGregor’s public statements over the years on immigration, Muslims, and our relationship with Germany should disqualify him for any government office, much less to represent the United States as an ambassador. Even if his views reflect those of President Trump, it is incumbent on the entire Senate, including Senate Republicans, to reject this nominee,” said Menendez.
Macgregor graduated from West Point and served in the US Army for nearly 30 years as a decorated combat veteran. He retired as a colonel in 2004. He has written five books and currently works as an executive vice president of a defense and foreign policy consulting firm based in Virginia. He is a frequent radio and television commentator on national security affairs, most recently for Fox News and RT.
Macgregor referred to Muslim refugees in Germany as ‘unwanted invaders’
Macgregor has also criticized Germany’s armed forces. Like Trump, Macgregor has repeatedly called to withdraw troops from Germany and “make it clear to them that we are not going to be the first responder.”
He frequently expressed these ideas on Fox News.
He further attacked the German military and government in 2018 for having “practically no armed forces” and instead spending money on “unwanted Muslim invaders.”
Macgregor called for martial law at the US-Mexico border and ‘shooting people’ if necessary
Macgregor’s hardline opinions on immigration also applied to immigration in the US. Macgregor warned that the most serious threat to US national security was in Mexico and that the country undermined “the very strengthened cohesion of our society.” He claimed that “hostile Islamist cells” operating out of South America were coming into the US through the US border.
Macgregor frequently advocated to enact martial law on the Mexico border.
In 2016, he wrote a blog post arguing for the use of deadly force to shoot undocumented immigrants at the border.
“The Democratic Party has decided they are the future for the left in the United States. The more of these people that can be brought in illegally, as well as legally, the better it is for the Democratic party because their goal is to transform the United States into a facsimile of California. So that any election is impossible from the standpoint of the right, from the standpoint of the Republican party, to win anything,” said Macgregor.
He added, “The real interest is to create demographic change that will make them the permanent power inside the borders of the United States.”
Views on Eastern Europe
In other comments, Macgregor also took fringe positions outside of US foreign policy.
While Russia considers southern and eastern Ukraine to be Russian — and illegally annexed Crimea in 2014 and began an ongoing war with Ukraine over it — Ukraine, the European Union and the US does not recognize that, and considers the region to be Ukrainian.
Macgregor added he agreed that a controversial referendum on the annexation of Crimea needed to take place.
“Do you, if you are living in Eastern Ukraine, want to join Russia, which appears to be the popular sentiment? If so, they should be allowed to join Russia. And at the same time, what emerges from this process up in the West and in the North, which is truly Ukrainian in terms of culture, language, history, religion, so forth, they should be allowed to have a sovereign independent Ukrainian state,” said Macgregor.
Similarly, the EU and US condemned the Crimea referendum as illegal.
“So we intervened against the Orthodox Serbs, Orthodox Christian Serbs in Kosovo and put essentially a Muslim drug mafia in charge of that country and called it a great success story for democracy,” said Macgregor, appearing to side with the Serbians. “These people have never been our friends. They aren’t ever going to be our friends. They are incurably hostile. I’m talking about the Sunni Islamists.”