U.S. ambassador to Netherlands describes own words as 'fake news'

Mr Hoekstra tweeted his regret over the incident

Mr Hoekstra tweeted his regret over the incident

During an interview with Dutch reporter Wouter Zwart, Hoekstra was asked about past statements he'd made in 2015 about Muslims in the Netherlands setting fire to politicians and creating "no-go zones" within cities where Dutch police are too frightened to enter. 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. We would call it fake news, ' Hoekstra said.

Pete Hoekstra denied saying the Netherlands has "no-go" zones and using the words 'fake news.' Footage proved him wrong.

In a video that's making the rounds, Hoekstra, a longtime U.S. Representative for Michigan's 2nd congressional district, is asked by a Dutch journalist about a statement he had previously made about "no go zones" in the area.

A Dutch reporter caught the United States ambassador to the Netherlands in a baffling falsehood, ironically as the official complained about "fake news" on camera.

Pushed further on the matter just moments later, Hoekstra bizarrely then denied ever using the term fake news.

When challenged about having called the broadcaster's suggestions "fake news", Hoekstra denied he had used the phrase "fake news".

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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".

Mr Hoekstra: No. I don't think I did.

He served in MI from 1993 to 2011, and is also a former chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

Picked for the role of ambassador to the Netherlands by the USA president earlier this year, Pete Hoekstra was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on December 11.

2017 began with the miserable toad Sean Spicer boldly lying in the face of clear photographic evidence about the size of Donald Trump's inauguration crowd as compared to that of his predecessor Barack Obama.

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