Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Watch Dutch Reporters Brutalize Trump Ambassador Over False Claims About Muslims

Watch Dutch Reporters Brutalize Trump Ambassador Over False Claims About Muslims

Reporters at a press conference repeatedly asked Pete Hoekstra, the new USA ambassador to the Netherlands, to comment on his remarks at a hearing in 2015.

In 2015, Hoekstra had referred to "no-go zones" in the Netherlands, wrongly suggesting there were Muslim-ruled enclaves outside the government's control.

In his first news conference with reporters since being named ambassador by President Donald Trump, the former Michigan GOP lawmaker was asked no less than a half-dozen questions about a claim that he never substantiated, the Times reported.

"Mr. Ambassador, can you mention any example of a Dutch politician who was burned in recent years?"

"Please answer the question", the Nieuwsuur reporter said.

At least one more journalist fired the question off. Reporters had asked the question at least five times.

At a Wednesday press conference marking Hoekstra's first official day as ambassador, reporters "repeatedly" asked Hoekstra to address those comments, as well as the December incident, the Associated Pressreported. Are politicians being burned in the Netherlands in the past?

He has also suggested that former president Barrack Obama may have been aiding the rise of radical Islam on goal, the CNN report said.

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"There are cars being burned". He also said it is "the greatest honor of [his] life to serve as the United States Ambassador to the Netherlands".

You may remember Hoekstra from his viral humiliation in December, when he was caught on camera lying about racist and unfounded statements about the threat of radical Islam. "That is actually an incorrect statement", Mr. Hoekstra told Mr. Zwart.

But when the clip was played for him, the Dutch-born ambassador then denied accusing his interviewer on camera just moments before of "fake news".

Video of the freaky exchange, juxtaposed with his "no-go zone" remarks, went viral, and the episode drew a slew of critical headlines in the United States and the Netherlands.

"A lot of Dutch people have seen the press conferences of the White House and seen how some questions are not answered", he said.

On Thursday, reporters questioned Goldstein about the appropriateness of Hoekstra's ambassadorship in light of his performance at the news conference and additional statements beyond the 2015 conference where he appeared to spread anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. Dutch King Willem-Alexander about the dangers of spreading lies and propaganda shortly after the Hoekstra controversy.

Nevertheless, Hoekstra has "made unsubstantiated claims about the nature of Muslim communities in Europe and pushed a hardline view of Islam" as recently as past year, according to a CNN KFile review. "Please accept my apology", he wrote.

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