US Ambassador to Netherlands Dodges 'No-go Zones' Questions

US Ambassador to Netherlands Clashes with Dutch Reporters Over Remarks About Muslims

A new U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands has already landed in hot water at his first press conference when he refused to answer journalists' questions.

The journalists peppered the former Republican congressman from MI with questions asking if he still believes those widely debunked claims. At one point, one reporter referenced a quote from John Adams, the first USA ambassador to the Netherlands, who wished that only "honest and wise men ever rule under this roof".

After repeatedly being questioned on the same, Hoekstra termed the remark, which made headlines in 2015, as "fake news". Hoeskra again tried to avoid the question, responding: "Thank you".

Dutch reporters didn't move on, however, pressing for clarification, the Times reported.

"If you're truly an honest and wise man, could you please take back the remark about burned politicians or name the politician that was burned in the Netherlands?"

When a reporter pressed him on the accuracy of these statements last month, he summoned the spirit of Donald Trump, claiming, "I didn't say that, it's an incorrect statement. And I'm not revisiting the issue", referring to a December 23 statement on Twitter.

Wednesday's press conference was not Hoekstra's first awkward exchange with a Dutch reporter.

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

On Thursday, the State Department said the USA administration does not stand by these allegations, nor does it believe as Hoekstra apparently does in Muslim controlled "no-go zones". "Hoekstra himself. By refusing to answer our questions", he wrote.

"The ambassador made mistakes in 2015, made comments that should not have been made".

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

'Dutch media roasts new USA ambassador Peter Hoekstra for dodging questions about past anti-Islam comments, ' was the headline in the Chicago Tribune.

He added: "Chaos in the Netherlands - there are cars being burned".

Hoekstra then backtracked after the video of the exchange went viral.

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. Have you ever watched CNN's Jim Acosta in the White House briefing room, Netherlands?

In fact, the next day after the December interview, Hoekstra issued an apology, admitting he "made certain remarks in 2015 and regrets the exchange during the Nieuwsuur interview".

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