Sunday, 23 September, 2018

US Ambassador Denies Anti-Muslim Comments, Then Denies Denial On Dutch TV

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Andrew Cummings | 23 December, 2017, 01:38

"That's actually an incorrect statement [.] fake news".

The U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands recently gave a weird interview to a Dutch journalist in which he denied making several comments, including one remark that he had made literally moments earlier.

Hoekstra denied the statement, and called it "fake news". There are cars being burned. He's then shown a clip of him from 2015 in which he said "there are cars being burnt, there are politicians that are being burnt. and yes there are no-go zones in the Netherlands".

U.S. President Donald Trump's pick for ambassador to the Netherlands has been left red-faced after he vehemently denied ever making comments about Islamist "no-go zones" in the Netherlands, calling it "fake news", before struggling to explain a video clip showing him saying exactly that.

On 22 December 2017, the United States' ambassador to the Netherlands was caught in a falsehood while propagating several anti-Islamic conspiracy theories during an English language interview with a Dutch reporter. "I never said that".

Footage of the 2015 address is available on Vimeo.

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HOEKSTRA: I didn't call that fake news. I didn't use those words today. You can tell because he has the same look on his face that political reporters in America have had since Donald Trump started running for president nearly two and a half years ago. "I don't think I did".

In the video, Hoekstra clearly argues Muslims have brought "chaos" to the Netherlands, and that bureaucrats and vehicles are being set ablaze, and says: "Yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands".

Zwart then looks back at the camera, saying he was surprised and confused by those remarks, he tells CNN.

We also contacted the USA embassy in the Netherlands seeking comment.

Hoekstra served from 1993 to 2011 as the rep for the 2nd congressional district. The Washington Post reports the clip isn't playing well in the Netherlands, where one headline blasts Hoekstra for telling "lies about his own lies".

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