U.S. ambassador ties himself in knots over terrorism claim

Trump's Dutch ambassador confronted with clip of him talking 'no-go zones' after calling quote 'fake news'

Trump's Dutch ambassador confronted with clip of him talking 'no-go zones' after calling quote 'fake news'

The new U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands has been caught out on Dutch television after a journalist quizzed him about comments he had made about Islamic extremism in the country.

The comments were made during the David Horowitz Freedom Center's Restoration Weekend in 2015. In his remarks, the onetime lawmaker from MI referred to refugees as "invaders", said Muslim migrants are "the next wave of jihadists in Europe", and denounced the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a leading Muslim civil rights organization, as a "front organization for Hamas".

In the video, Hoekstra clearly argues Muslims have brought "chaos" to the Netherlands, and that bureaucrats and vehicles are being set ablaze, and says: "Yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands". There are cars being burned.

"Talking about danger, at one point you specified in an open deliberation that there are no-go zones in the Netherlands and that autos and lawmakers are being determined to flame", a correspondent for Nieuwsuur said to Hoekstra.

Footage of the 2015 address is available on Vimeo. Trump also came under intense criticism in 2015 for making false claims about "no-go zones" in London and Paris.

Hoekstra then denied having ever made such comments.

Hoekstra's response: "I didn't call that fake news", he said.

"That is actually an incorrect statement", Hoekstra insists, "yeah - we would call it fake news", he adds, literally shrugging it off.

A USA ambassador has been caught out on a "fake news" claim about the Islamic movement in Europe.

Hoekstra then doubled down on his position.

Dutch journalist to new US Ambassador: you said there were "no go zones" in Netherlands, where are they?

"You call it fake news", Zwart said after showing Hoekstra the clip. "I didn't use the word today, I don't think I did".

Hoekstra was born in Groningen in the Netherlands in 1953 and immigrated to the United States with his family at age 3.

Hoekstra, who was born in the Dutch city of Groningen, served as Trump's campaign manager in MI, and previously served as chair of the House intelligence committee.

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