Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Watch Dutch Reporters Brutalize Trump Ambassador Over False Claims About Muslims

Watch Dutch Reporters Brutalize Trump Ambassador Over False Claims About Muslims

Hoekstra had claimed that the "Islamic movement" was creating chaos in Europe and that the extremists were burning politicians and cars in the Netherlands.

Pete Hoekstra, a former Republican congressman for MI, was repeatedly asked about the comments made at an event sponsored by the right-wing David Horowitz Freedom Center.

Hoekstra angered Dutch media on Wednesday when he met with reporters for the first time since taking over as ambassador but declined to answer questions asking him to clarify his remarks from two years ago.

At least one more journalist fired the question off. Reporters had asked the question at least five times. "There are politicians that are being burned. and yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands".

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"Please, this is not how it works", another said.

"Do you now reach the conclusion you were wrong when you stated that politicians and cars were being burned?" He also said it is "the greatest honor of [his] life to serve as the United States Ambassador to the Netherlands".

RTL political correspondent Roel Geeraedts, told the Washington Post in a telephone interview: 'We were all astonished he did not want to take back the comment. "That is actually an incorrect statement, we would call it "fake news", Hoekstra said.

His attempt at escaping a direct confrontation on the remarks by using the Trump administration's "fake news" motto didn't go so well either, as Hoekstra was quickly refuted on Twitter after he claimed he didn't make the "no go-zones" comment when there is video of him doing just that. "I didn't call that fake news", he said.

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There's a popular right-wing narrative about the alleged spread of violent, Islamist-controlled "no-go zones" in cities in Western Europe where even police are afraid to go.

In another exchange, a reporter asked Hoekstra to look at a John Adams quote mounted on a fireplace that states a concern that only "honest and wise men ever rule under this roof".

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

In 2017, Hoekstra maintained that 10 or 15 percent of Muslims could be part of a "radical jihadist, Islamic force", while in 2016 he chastised former presidents Bush and Obama for calling Islam a peaceful religion, CNN reported.

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He later apologized, saying in a tweet on December 23: "I made certain remarks in 2015 and regret the exchange during the Nieuwsuur interview". "Please accept my apology", he wrote. He studiously avoided answering the hard questions of Dutch journalists only to eventually lose control of the situation.

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