Sunday, 23 September, 2018

'This is the Netherlands' was a shot at the U.S. media, too

US Ambassador to Netherlands Clashes with Dutch Reporters Over Remarks About Muslims Hoekstra silent over inaccurate Muslim claims on 1st day as US ambassador to Netherlands
Jay Anderson | 12 January, 2018, 06:20

With the help of an aide, he tried to move onto another topic, but other journalists continued to ask similar questions, such as for examples of a Dutch politician who had been burned in recent years.

"This is the Netherlands, you have to answer questions", another said, as Mr. Hoekstra remained silent. 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".

"Why don't you answer the question?" several reporters chimed in. Pressed further by Dutch reporters, the US ambassador simply refused to answer. Are politicians being burned in the Netherlands in the past? Hoekstra last month denied making the comments from 2015. "And I'm not revisiting the issue", referring to a December 23 statement on Twitter.

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.

Pete Hoekstra gave his first news conference on Wednesday at which he was repeatedly asked by journalists about his claims that there are no go areas in the Netherlands and that cars and politicians are being set on fire because of radical Islam. "There are politicians that are being burned and, yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands".

"Please, this is not how it works", the first reporter added.

At Wednesday's press conference, Hoekstra again refused to withdraw his claims.




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.

"There are cars being burned, there are politicians that are being burned", he had said at a conference hosted by a conservative group.

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".

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".

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.

"I'll get back to you on that question", he said.

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

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