When Hoekstra, who was born in the Netherlands but raised in MI as a staunch social conservative, called for another question, two reporters asked him, "Why don't you answer the question?" At one point, one reporter referenced a quote from John Adams, the first US ambassador to the Netherlands, who wished that only "honest and wise men ever rule under this roof". Asked last month about his "no-go zones" remark, Hoekstra denied having ever made it, calling it "fake news".
Hoekstra responded with an awkward smile and silence, and then looked to answer another question. Well, yesterday was "Hokum" Hoekstra's first day on the job, and his interview with the Dutch press didn't go so well. Are politicians being burned in the Netherlands in the past? Apparently, Dutch reporters have actual functioning crap detectors and couldn't believe the American politician was denying the obvious truth so brazenly in front of them.
"I'm not revisiting the issue", Hoekstra replied.
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Dutch reporters confronted Hoekstra about his unsubstantiated claims, in 2015, that "there are no-go zones in the Netherlands" because of Islamist extremism, "cars being burned" and "politicians that are being burned".
"We were all astonished that he didn't want to take back the comment". Hoekstra refused to answer the question, but the brutal interrogation wasn't over.
He has also suggested that former president Barrack Obama may have been aiding the rise of radical Islam on objective, the CNN report said.
On Thursday, the State Department said the U.S. administration does not stand by these allegations, nor does it believe as Hoekstra apparently does in Muslim controlled "no-go zones".
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Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein told a briefing on Thursday the State Department "does not agree" with Hoekstra's 2015 remarks about Muslim migrants in the Netherlands.
I submit that the USA media's fact-checking industry is pretty robust and that we have our share of confrontational news conferences, too.
"Trump's Netherlands ambassador was asked to name a person 'burned" because of Islam.
During the exchange on Wednesday, which was captured on video, the ambassador fell silent as a series of reporters continued to query him, drawing a slew of critical headlines in the Netherlands and coverage across the world. "I did not use this word today", he said.
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Nevertheless, Hoekstra has "made unsubstantiated claims about the nature of Muslim communities in Europe and pushed a hardline view of Islam" as recently as a year ago, according to a CNN KFile review. "Please accept my apology".