President Trump has just appointed a new United States ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra.
He was visiting the country recently and a reporter got him on video, challenging him for past comments about the Netherlands “setting politicians on fire” and having “no-go zones” while discussing the country’s small Muslim population.
The reporter asked him:
“Are politicians being burned in the Netherlands…? Is that something you believe, yes or no?”
Hoekstra denied making the comments and used a classic Trump term by labeling it “fake news.”
Another journalist then asked him:
“If you are truly an honest and wise man, would you please take back the remark about burned politicians — or name a politician that was burned in the Netherlands?”
He might have gotten away with the term if the reporter didn’t have a video of him making the comments, which clearly shows that Hoekstra is lying.
The past video shows Hoesktra saying:
“Cars being burned, there are politicians that are being burned… And yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands.”
Watch video of the incident (below):
@Nieuwsuur to new US ambassador: "You mentioned [..] that there are no go-zones in the Netherlands and that cars and politicians are set on fire."
Pete Hoekstra: "I didn't say that. That's actually an incorrect statement [..] fake news."
Hmm, let's have a look at the footage 🤔 pic.twitter.com/vlstN9vhSK
— Christiaan Triebert (@trbrtc) December 21, 2017
Trump’s new ambassador has still yet to apologize for the comments and has yet to answer the reporter’s question accurately.