Trump’s ambassador to Netherlands in ‘pretend information’ blunder


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The previous Republican congressman used to be nominated via President Trump previous this yr

The brand new US ambassador to the Netherlands has been stuck out on Dutch tv after a journalist quizzed him about feedback he had made about Islamic extremism within the nation.

Pete Hoekstra denied he had ever stated there have been “no-go zones” within the Netherlands, calling it “pretend information”.

However the Nieuwsuur journalist confirmed him a clip of the feedback from 2015.

The Trump appointee then seemed to deny the “pretend information” time period he had used previous within the interview.

The trade left Dutch reporter Woulter Zwart visibly puzzled within the quick clip that has been broadly shared on social media.

The trade:

Zwart: Talking of danger, at one level you discussed in a debate that there are no-go zones within the Netherlands and that vehicles and politicians are being set on hearth.

Mr Hoekstra: I did not say that. This is if truth be told an flawed commentary. Yeah, we might name it pretend information.

Zwart: Is that pretend information? As a result of that is what you in reality stated.

Mr Hoekstra: No, it isn’t what I stated.

Mr Hoekstra (on archive video): The Islamic motion has now were given to the purpose the place they have got put Europe into chaos. Chaos within the Netherlands, there are vehicles being burned, there are politicians which might be being burned. And sure, there are no-go zones within the Netherlands.

Zwart: You known as it pretend information, clearly… (is interrupted)

Mr Hoekstra: I did not name that pretend information, I did not use the phrases lately.

Zwart: No?

Mr Hoekstra: No. I do not believe I did.

The previous Republican congressman used to be sworn in via Vice-President Mike Pence on 11 December after being nominated previous this yr via President Donald Trump.

Mr Hoekstra used to be born in Groningen within the Netherlands however moved to america together with his circle of relatives when he used to be 3.

He served in Michigan from 1993 to 2011, and could also be a former chair of the Area Intelligence Committee.

The interview used to be an excerpt from an extended profile piece at the new ambassador via the present affairs programme Nieuwsuur.

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