Trump’s new choice for US ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, was confronted by a Dutch journalist about claims he made in 2015 saying there are “no-go zones” in the Netherlands, where radical Muslims are setting cars and politicians on fire.
“You mentioned in a debate that there are no-go zones in the Netherlands and that cars and politicians are being set on fire in the Netherlands,” reporter Wouter Zwart told Hoekstra.
Hoekstra replies: “I didn’t say that. This is actually an incorrect statement. We would call it fake news.”
Moments later, the reporter played Hoekstra a video clip of himself at a congressional hearing saying: “The Islamic movement has now gotten to a point where they have put Europe into chaos. Chaos in the Netherlands, there are cars being burned, there are politicians that are being burned.”
Challenged about having called the reporter’s claims “fake news”, Hoekstra denied to Zwart that he had, in fact, used the phrase “fake news” moments earlier.
“I didn’t call that fake news. I didn’t use the words today. I don’t think I did.”
Hoekstra, who was born in Groningen in the Netherlands, served as Republican Congressman for Michigan between 1993 and 2011, was sworn in as the ambassador to the Netherlands earlier this month by Vice President Mike Pence.
@Nieuwsuur to new US ambassador: "You mentioned [..] that there are no go-zones in the Netherlands and that cars and politicians are set on fire."
Pete Hoekstra: "I didn't say that. That's actually an incorrect statement [..] fake news."
Hmm, let's have a look at the footage pic.twitter.com/vlstN9vhSK
— Christiaan Triebert (@trbrtc) December 21, 2017