Dutch reporters confront Hoekstra on Islam comments

Dutch reporters confront Hoekstra on Islam comments

During a news conference at the State Department's headquarters in Washington, Undersecretary Steve Goldstein told reporters that Pete Hoekstra, the new USA ambassador in the Netherlands, had "made comments that should not have been made" when asked about Hoekstra's statements about Muslim no-go zones and people being burned alive because of the Islamic movement. "Chaos in the Netherlands, there are cars being burnt, there are politicians that are being burnt ... and, yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands".

This story was recalled last month, when a Dutch reporter buttonholed Hoekstra, picked by President Trump to be ambassador to the Netherlands, and asked him about the statement he made. "If you are truly an honest and wise man, would you please take back the remark about burned politicians - or name a politician that was burned in the Netherlands?" another journalist questioned.

"I've expressed my regrets and look forward to moving on", ambassador Peter Hoekstra said only hours after presenting his credentials to King Willem-Alexander, adding he would not be "revisiting the issue". All they wanted to ask him about was the false statement about "no-go zones" and which politician had been burned by Muslim extremists.

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

"Do you now reach the conclusion you were wrong when you stated that politicians and cars were being burned? There are politicians that are being burned", Mr. Hoekstra said. But Hoekstra, squirming through his first news conference in The Hague, was merely the more visible of the Dutch media's two targets.

"The Ambassador made mistakes in 2015, made comments that should not have been made", Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Steve Goldstein told reporters.

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Hoekstra simply responded by saying, "Thank you". Yet Hoekstra doubled down: "I didn't call that fake news".

First asked about his comments by a Dutch reporter in December, Hoekstra denied making the statements, dismissing them as fake news. It was awkward, to be honest'.

Hoekstra has been in hot water in the Netherlands for the remarks since he was first confronted by a Dutch journalist, Wouter Zwart, in December.

Video of the freakish 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.

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. He couldn't, ' stated the Washington Post.

"A lot of Dutch people have seen the press conferences of the White House and seen how some questions are not answered", he said. He studiously avoided answering the hard questions of Dutch journalists only to eventually lose control of the situation.

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