"We would call it 'fake news.' That's not what I said". "I never said that". "Because that's what you really said", Zwart replies. "Chaos in the Netherlands, there are cars being burned, there are politicians that are being burned, and yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands".
"I don't think I did", Hoekstra says, causing his interviewer to slightly chuckle.
Hoekstra is then shown clips of him speaking at a 2015 panel discussion titled "Muslim Migration into Europe", in Charleston, South Carolina. "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". Spin explains that "no-go zones" refers to the notion that there are areas in the Netherlands where Sharia law has replaced government control.
Pete Hoekstra, the man chosen by President Donald Trump to be America's ambassador to the Netherlands, was busted blatantly lying about his past statements by a Dutch journalist this week.
Hoekstra then denied having ever made such comments. Zwart told CNN he did not play video of the remarks for Hoekstra, saying he "can't imagine he did not know of its existence", because it was widely available online.
Some Dutch citizens have reportedly raised concerns about Hoekstra's 2015 remarks at the David Horowitz Freedom Center conference.
"You called it fake news", the journalist says.
President Trump's new USA ambassador to the Netherlands just got caught in a lie, and tried to use the phrase "fake news" to get out of it. "I didn't utilize the word today, I don't figure I did". Hoekstra, a former Republican congressman and chair of the House Intelligence Committee, was sworn in as ambassador earlier this month.
Hoekstra was born in the Netherlands but left when he was 3 and was raised in the U.S. He served as a GOP House Representative for MI from 1993 until 2011.
President Trump's choice for the top diplomat to the Netherlands was unable to represent himself, much less the United States, in an interview about wild statements he'd made about Muslims and the country.