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US Ambassador to Netherlands Dodges 'No-go Zones' Questions

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US Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra (Peter Dejong/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 11 January 2018 05:14 PM

U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra went silent Wednesday after Dutch journalists pressed him about his 2015 claim that politicians and cars had been burned by Muslims there, the New York Times reported.

In his first news conference with reporters since being named ambassador by President Donald Trump, the former Michigan GOP lawmaker was asked no less than a half-dozen questions about a claim that he never substantiated, the Times reported.

"Do you now reach the conclusion that you were wrong when you stated that politicians and cars were being burned?" one reporter asked, the Times reported. "Was that a wrong remark, was it false?"

"I issued a statement, I expressed my regrets and my apology for the comments that I made," Hoekstra replied. "And I am not revisiting the issue."

In 2015, Hoekstra had referred to "no-go zones" in the Netherlands, wrongly suggesting there were Muslim-ruled enclaves outside the government's control. The remarks came at a conference hosted by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, where Hoekstra argued the "Islamic movement" had plunged Europe into chaos, the Times reported.

Dutch reporters didn't move on, however, pressing for clarification, the Times reported.

"Are politicians being burned in the Netherlands in the past? Is that something you believe? Yes or no," one asked.

Hoekstra repeated that he didn't want to revisit the remarks and that he expressed his retreats — then looked silently around the room as the questions kept coming, the Times reported, citing an Associated Press video.

"Any example of a Dutch politician who is burned in recent years?" one reporter asked.

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

"Please, this is not how it works," another said.

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U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra went silent Wednesday after Dutch journalists pressed him about his 2015 claim that politicians and cars had been burned by Muslims there, the New York Times reported.
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