Trump's new Netherlands ambassador grilled at first presser


Hoekstra is known for being a particularly conservative Republican politician who is against gay marriage, opposed to legalized abortion in all circumstances, and supports U.S. President Donald Trump's attempts to ban entry into the U.S. from citizens of several countries with large Muslim populations.

"The Islamic movement has now gotten to a point where they have put Europe into chaos".

On Thursday, the State Department said the USA administration does not stand by these allegations, nor does it believe as Hoekstra apparently does in Muslim controlled "no-go zones".

The new ambassador at Wednesday's press conference. Asked last month about his "no-go zones" remark, Hoekstra denied having ever made it, calling it "fake news".

The new U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands refused on Wednesday to explain his 2015 comments that Muslims had brought chaos to the country "burning cars and politicians", as he took up his post.

On Wednesday at his new residence in The Hague, Dutch reporters repeatedly asked him to clarify if he believed local politicians had been set on fire.

On his first official day in the job, Pete Hoekstra was taken to task over controversial comments he made in 2015 in which he said that the "Islamic movement" was creating chaos in Europe and suggested that extremists were burning politicians and cars in the Netherlands.

"I'll get back to you on that question", he said. "Chaos in the Netherlands".

"The Ambassador did not answer some of the questions that were asked of him".

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

Nevertheless, Goldstein refused to say that Hoekstra's comments were inaccurate, the paper pointed out.

He speculated that some 10 to 15 percent of the Muslim community in the world - what would amount to as many as 270 million people - were radical Islamist militants and appeared to imply that former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin had "egregious" ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a recent conspiracy theory that The Washington Post and other publications have determined to be baseless.

Hoekstra served as a Congressman from 1993 to 2011.

The federal agency recently released its updated travel advisories, and the Netherlands was listed at the lowest level of security threat.

"He is going to do a long-form interview tomorrow, that is the plan, with a Dutch outlet", he added. 'The department has had conversations with the ambassador.

When asked in December about the same comments in an interview with CNN affiliate and Dutch broadcaster NOS in the US Capitol, Hoekstra claimed he had never made them.