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US ambassador to Netherlands describes own words as ‘fake news’

New ambassador Pete Hoekstra then denied saying hed used the phrase in interview with Dutch TV

The US ambassador to the Netherlands faced an excruciating moment on television when he denied ever saying that there were no-go zones in the Netherlands, calling the suggestion fake news.

Trumps new choice for ambassador, Pete Hoekstra, who was only sworn in by the vice president, Mike Pence, on 11 December, was being interviewed for current affairs programme Nieuwsuur by reporter Wouter Zwart.

Zwart says: You mentioned in a debate that there are no-go zones in the Netherlands, and that cars and politicians are being set on fire in the Netherlands.

Hoekstra replies: I didnt say that. This is actually an incorrect statement. We would call it fake news.

Hoekstra is then shown clips of him saying: The Islamic movement has now gotten to a point where they have put Europe into chaos. 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.

Challenged about having called this fake news, Hoekstra then went on to deny to Zwart that he had in fact used the phrase fake news.

I didnt call that fake news. I didnt use the words today. I dont think I did.

Hoekstra, who was born in Groningen in the Netherlands, was a Republican Congressman for Michigan between 1993 and 2011, and served as chair of the House intelligence committee for two years during that time.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/22/us-ambassador-to-netherlands-describes-own-words-as-fake-news

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