United States envoy clashes with Dutch reporters in 'no-go areas' row

Pete Hoekstra new U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands gives a statement during a press conference at his residence in The Hague Netherlands Wednesday Jan. 10 2018

Hoekstra's first false comments were made in 2015, in which the former MI congressman said the "Islamic movement" has sent Europe into "chaos", adding that cars and politicians were being burned inside the Netherlands.

In 2015, Hoekstra had referred to "no-go zones" in the Netherlands, wrongly suggesting there were Muslim-ruled enclaves outside the government's control.

Mr Hoekstra is a former Republican congressman from MI who was born in the Netherlands.

Trouble erupted Wednesday when the new envoy refused to answer questions from Dutch reporters about his claims that Dutch Muslims had engaged in "burning cars and politicians".

At least one more journalist fired the question off. Reporters had asked the question at least five times.

"I issued a statement, I expressed my regrets, and my apology for the comments that I made, and I'm not revisiting the issue", Hoekstra said, and then looked in another direction, in attempt to take another question.

The theory of lawless Muslim "no-go zones" run by sharia courts and forbidden to police and outsiders in Europe has been fanned on right-wing media, and found prominence on Fox News shows hosted by Jeanine Pirro and Sean Hannity in recent years, despite a lack of evidence.

He has also suggested that former president Barrack Obama may have been aiding the rise of radical Islam on objective, the CNN report said.

He added: "Chaos in the Netherlands - there are cars being burned".

"This is the Netherlands, you have to answer questions", said another.

Donald Trump Jr. Joins Critics of NBC's Oprah Tweet
Earlier in the evening, Winfrey had been asked to trim her speech by three minutes. The incident left Ms Taylor "afraid of living", she told NPR in 2011 .

Hoekstra simply responded by saying, "Thank you".

I submit that the USA media's fact-checking industry is pretty robust and that we have our share of confrontational news conferences, too.

Hoekstra has been in hot water in the Netherlands for the remarks since he was first confronted by a Dutch journalist, Wouter Zwart, in December.

RTL political correspondent Roel Geeraedts, told the Washington Post in a telephone interview: 'We were all astonished he did not want to take back the comment.

Pete Hoekstra addresses the press at the embassy.

Video of the weird exchange, juxtaposed with his "no-go zone" remarks, went viral, and the episode drew a slew of critical headlines in the United States and the Netherlands.

When asked about the same comments by the Dutch news program Nieuwsuur in December, Hoekstra denied having made the statements, calling it "fake news".

He takes up the post as United States envoy left vacant for two years, and as immigration is set to again be a hot-button issue in the Dutch local elections due on March 21.

The reporters failed to play along, though, with one quickly asking, "Will you be visiting our "no-go areas"?"

Related News:

  • United States  ambassador accuses Palestinians of preventing peace

    United States ambassador accuses Palestinians of preventing peace

    Hamas praises the killers and PA laws will provide them financial rewards. Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war. Look no further to why there is no peace.
    HP launches Chromebook 11 G6 and 14 G5 ahead of CES 2018

    HP launches Chromebook 11 G6 and 14 G5 ahead of CES 2018

    Just looking at the image gallery below, you will be impressed with the simple yet stylish design of the new Acer Chromebook 11. The Acer Chromebook 11 has been one of the best cheap, low-power Chromebooks you can buy for kids or students for a long time.
    Google combines Android Pay and Google Wallet; Tez unaffected

    Google combines Android Pay and Google Wallet; Tez unaffected

    Through Google Pay, it is possible to send and receive money from/to your friends/colleagues/family apart from shopping payments. What that means is users familiar with Google Wallet and Android Pay will see both services fall under the new moniker.
  • Assassin's Creed Origins gets its first story expansion this month

    Assassin's Creed Origins gets its first story expansion this month

    For starters, there'll be a new title update for Assassin's Creed Origins released alongside The Hidden Ones . Finally, if you're interested in hunting Egyptian Gods, you'll get another chance to go after a pair of them.
    Roseanne Barr on supporting Donald Trump, and reviving 'Roseanne'

    Roseanne Barr on supporting Donald Trump, and reviving 'Roseanne'

    One the show's writers attempted to speak, but Barr interrupted by saying, "Speaking of racism, I'm just going to say it". I think that a great way to fight racism is that everybody has a job".
    Firefighters Injured After Trump Tower Catches Fire

    Firefighters Injured After Trump Tower Catches Fire

    Notoriously active on social media, Donald Trump has yet to comment on the incident, as of midday. Two people were injured after a fire broke out at Trump Tower Monday morning, FDNY said.
  • Bitcoin plummets on South Korea plan to ban trading

    Bitcoin plummets on South Korea plan to ban trading

    The price of bitcoin dropped sharply on Thursday after South Korea said it planned to ban trading in cryptocurrencies. Any bill to ban trading would need to pass the National Assembly, a process that could take many months or years.
    The craziest Kylie Jenner pregnancy theory yet

    The craziest Kylie Jenner pregnancy theory yet

    That is something Kylie really doesn't need on her plate considering everything she's been through already since getting pregnant. Remember when you were 20, you didn't want anything to do with a baby, ' but added that Kylie's 20 is more 'like 35'.
    After deadlock, talaq bill pushed to Budget session

    After deadlock, talaq bill pushed to Budget session

    For the first time, Union ministers and (ruling party) MPs were seen standing in the Rajya Sabha and stalling Parliament", he told reporters.
  • Coli Outbreak Tied to Leafy Greens Likely Over, CDC Says

    Coli Outbreak Tied to Leafy Greens Likely Over, CDC Says

    The symptoms typically start one to three days after eating a contaminated food, but may occur as late as 10 days afterward. You can protect yourself by washing your hands thoroughly before and after preparing or eating food.
    Ridley Scott 'betrayed and angry' by pay gap

    Ridley Scott 'betrayed and angry' by pay gap

    Williams can, and has, unequivocally outacted Wahlberg in the majority of her roles versus his, if not in all of them. It remains unclear why Wahlberg's contract lacked reshoot clauses.
    Facebook Overhauls News Feed to Prioritize Friends and Family

    Facebook Overhauls News Feed to Prioritize Friends and Family

    Since then, Zuckerberg has made it a priority to clean up the platform and make it a better environment for Facebook's users. After all, Facebook isn't exactly hiding the fact that in the news feed, family and friends and sharing come first.


Most liked

The 5 biggest Nintendo Switch games announced in today's Nintendo Direct
There are also rumored plans to release all three Dark Souls games to the console eventually, starting with the first title here. Noire was also released for the Switch last November, six years after its initial release for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Tottenham stadium to host Raiders vs. Seahawks NFL game in October
The NFL will also stage a game in Mexico City as part of an agreement that locks the league into annual games there through 2021. Fans interested in receiving the latest information on attending games in London should register at www.ticketmaster.com/nfl.

Donald Trump vows to shakeup libel laws after damaging book published
Demand for the book at Cook jumped overnight, Bassett said, with more than 85 holds listed recently on the few available copies. The reference angered the president , who last week lashed out at Bannon, saying he " lost his mind ".

Black Widow standalone movie gets a scriptwriter
Ever since the appearance of such a strong female superhero, fans have been pushing to see Black Widow in her own movie. Sadly though, the character was never the main lead previously as she only served in ensemble casts.

Huge update from Brazil on Man United's move for PSG's Lucas Moura
But one name that you're guaranteed to find is Lucas Moura - a player who has constantly been linked with a move to Old Trafford. However, the arrival of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe has reshaped the Parisians' attack, and Moura has been left out in the cold.

Google sued for discriminating against white men
Ex-employee James Damore files lawsuit after being fired; William La Jeunesse has the latest details on the case. The company has never given any indication that it fired Damore for his political views.

GoPro (GPRO) Given "Sell" Rating at Dougherty & Co
The company was already forced to announce a price cut on December 10 for its core camera product, the HERO5, due to weak pre-holiday sales.

'Our national embarrassment': Donald Trump dragged after stumbling over United States national anthem
Trump seemed more excited to sing along near the end of the song, according to the pool report. But supporters praised the president for taking the field, hand on heart.

Pakistan vs New Zealand Second ODI Live Streaming
Imam-ul-Haq, in for the injured Fakhar Zaman , was out for two in the fourth over and Azhar Ali followed five balls later for six. Williamson and Guptill restored some order, before a superb diving catch at point from Shadab left New Zealand at 47 for 2.

Kanye West fulfills fan dying of cancer's final wish
Last May a young man named Tyler Wesley marked the five-year anniversary of his spinal cord injury that left him in a wheelchair. The girl had apparently passed on January 1 but received a wonderful gesture from Kanye in her final days.

Sea of Thieves on Xbox One Release Date
We're back working hard on Sea of Thieves after the holidays and a December chock-full of announcements. MicrosoftThis special addition Xbox Controller for " Sea of Thieves " glows in the dark.

Chelsea's Clarke-Salter completes loan move
Sunderland are set to confirm the loan signing of Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter, according to the Evening Standard . Even Browning, who has largely impressed, has cost the Black Cats key points in matches this season with naive errors.

Teacher handcuffed after questioning superintendent's $38000 raise during school meeting
Hargrave reportedly told district Superintendent Jerome Puyau that it was a "slap in the face" that he was receiving a raise. It's misty if the marshal got orders from board individuals or in the event that he was following up on his own.

United States searches of int'l travelers' electronic devices soar in 2017
An Advanced Search is when the CBP agent connects the user's device to an external system specialized in deeper searches. CBP, an agency part of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), last updated the guidelines in August 2009.

Egyptian TV hosts deny being ordered to publicly back Trump Jerusalem move
Trump's decision, the Times said, citing taped conversations. "We have enough on our plate as you know", Kholi said to the hosts. The other calls were with Mofid Fawzy, who denied speaking to el-Kholi, and with Egyptian singer and actress Youssra.