Trump’s Netherlands Ambassador Dismantled by Reporter After Claiming His Own Words ‘Fake News’
@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
Pete Hoekstra, the newly-appointed U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, was recently put on the spot after a Dutch news outlet called him out for denying past comments about “no-go zones” and radical Islamic terror.
Hoesktra — a former Michigan lawmaker who is Dutch-American — recently took questions from Wouter Zwart about a congressional hearing where the new Ambassador talked about places in the Netherlands where immigrants were setting cars and politicians on fire. Hoekstra insisted he never said that.
“That is actually an incorrect statement,” Hoekstra said. “We would call it ‘fake news.’ That’s not what I said.”
However, Zwart’s publication had a clip of Hoekstra on hand, where he said the exact thing he denied saying.
“The Islamic movement has now gotten to the point where they have put Europe in chaos,’ he said in the clip. “Chaos in the Netherlands, there are cars being burned, there are politicians that are being burned, and yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands.”
Hoekstra’s response: “I didn’t call that fake news. I didn’t use the word today, I don’t think I did.”
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