Peter Hoekstra, the new USA ambassador to the Netherlands, held his first news conference with Dutch media on January 10, facing questions over his unsubstantiated 2015 claim about the chaos the "Islamic movement" had brought to the country.
America's ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, has been refusing to answer questions from Dutch reporters on Wednesday about some false comments he's been making about Muslims - and the media isn't forgetting.
"This is the Netherlands, you have to answer questions", another said, as Mr. Hoekstra remained silent.
"Trump's Netherlands ambassador was asked to name a person 'burned" because of Islam. Hoekstra refused to answer the question, but the brutal interrogation wasn't over.
At a Wednesday press conference marking Hoekstra's first official day as ambassador, reporters "repeatedly" asked Hoekstra to address those comments, as well as the December incident, the Associated Pressreported.
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.
The US ambassador to the Netherlands is to meet Dutch Muslims after his arrival was clouded by his claim that the country is troubled by Islamist violence and no-go zones. "He's been received well by the Dutch government, and we hope that he can be received well by the people of the Netherlands".
In late December, Hoekstra apologized for telling a Dutch journalist that he was peddling "fake news" when Hoekstra was the one caught telling untruths.
Video of the freaky 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.
"The Islamic movement has now gotten to a point where they have put Europe into chaos - chaos in the Netherlands, there are cars being burned, there are politicians that are being burned", he says in the clip. "We'd call that fake news".
In a statement a year ago, Hoekstra said: "I made certain remarks in 2015 and regret the exchange during the Nieuwsuur interview".
"And he also plans over the weekend to be available within numerous communities in in the capital, including Muslim communities".
When a reporter pressed him on the accuracy of these statements last month, he summoned the spirit of Donald Trump, claiming, "I didn't say that, it's an incorrect statement".
Footage of Wednesday's news conference shows Hoekstra taking questions from journalists who asked several times if Hoekstra was wrong about cars and politicians being burned. "Please accept my apology".