Tuesday 25 June 2019

US ambassador to Netherlands apologises over fake news claim

Mr Hoekstra tweeted his regret over the incident
Mr Hoekstra tweeted his regret over the incident

The new US ambassador to the Netherlands has apologised for a fake claim about fake news.

Pete Hoekstra was filmed in 2015 saying there are "no-go" zones in the Netherlands and claiming extremists are bringing "chaos" to Europe.

After arriving in the Netherlands for his new post, he was interviewed this week by a Dutch TV journalist who asked him about the "no-go" comment.

Mr Hoekstra denied saying it, calling the journalist's claim "fake news".

The TV show then showed him clips of the 2015 comments.

Mr Hoekstra tweeted his regrets about the exchange in the Nieuwsuur program, saying "please accept my apology".

He also insisted on his passion for "confronting the threat of terrorism".

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

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