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Trump's ambassador to the Netherlands apologizes for anti-Muslim remarks

Trump's ambassador to the Netherlands apologizes for anti-Muslim remarks

The new U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands vowed to learn from his mistakes and move on to build ties with the Dutch people, after a rocky start to his posting.

In an interview with the newspaper Telegraaf, Pete Hoekstra, a former Republican congressman for MI appointed by Trump as ambassador, apologized for the 2015 statement.

Reflecting on his remarks, Hoekstra told the Telegraaf: "That one shocked me personally". There are cars being burned.

The newly-appointed US ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, has finally admitted that he was wrong to say that there were "no-go" zones in the country where Muslim youths were burning politicians and cars. That was a wrong statement.

The idea of European countries having "no-go zones" in their major urban areas is a common conspiracy theory of the far-right, who believe that there are neighborhoods within cities like London, Paris and Brussels where Sharia Law is enforced and the government has no authority.

The State Department said on Thursday that it did not agree with Hoekstra's incendiary remarks.

According to an excerpt published by Hoekstra said, "I got countries mixed up". I was wrong. I can't recall how that could happen. "I'm not quite sure why I got it wrong".

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"The ambassador made mistakes in 2015", Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Steve Goldstein told reporters.

"He added ".There are politicians that are being burned".

The remarks have clouded Hoekstra's early days in the Netherlands, bringing criticism and controversy to the otherwise routine ritual of installing a new ambassador in a closely allied country.

His false accusations were not forgotten by the Dutch and he was peppered with questions about his remarks during his first press conference with the Dutch media on Wednesday.

"This is the Netherlands - you have to answer questions", one reporter said during the tense meeting. "He recognizes that", Goldstein said.

The State Department announced the interview with De Telegraaf on Thursday after it, too, faced questions about Hoekstra's comments.


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