Posted: 1:16 am ET
Last week, we blogged about Ambassador-Designate Peter Hoekstra’s double whoppers during an interview with a Dutch journalist (see New U.S. Ambassador Peter Hoekstra Makes Splash With Whoppers on Dutch TV). On December 23, the newest representative of the United States Government to the Netherlands issued a non apology-apology. It is not exactly clear what it is he is apologizing for — he “regret the exchange” but did not apologize for the remarks he made in 2015, or for lying about it? He regret participating in an interview that went off the rails on video? In any case, he did issue an apology for something, but Twitter folks were not at all happy about it.
Please see my comments regarding recent interview. Thank you. Pete pic.twitter.com/gxQOcZ8Duk
— Pete Hoekstra (@petehoekstra) December 23, 2017
— Matt Murphy (@Matt__Murphy) December 23, 2017
Sir, "I regret the exchange" is what one says when one speaks more harshly than intends. What you did was lie. Hard. And got caught. What you should have said is that you regret lying.
— Mike Richardson (@MBRichardson) December 23, 2017
You lied, got caught, then doubled-down by lying again. Saying you "regret the exchange" is NOT an apology. You have made America a laughingstock. Do the honorable thing and resign.
— Eric Schoenfeld (@ChiefAgitator) December 23, 2017
You seem to have misspelled "I was wrong. I'm sorry."
— Max Goldman (@MacsGoldman) December 23, 2017
Can we get a new ambassador from the US already? I'll settle on no ambassador as well if that works better.
— AE DAEDROTH (@GasInTheHole) December 23, 2017
— Bobby Portman (@BobbytheRed) December 23, 2017
Wat is erger dan geen excuses aanbieden? Halfbakken excuses aanbieden. Hij kan nog voorbeeld nemen aan AD-hoofdredakteur. Die noemt zijn optreden een Afgang. #CamielEurlings #PeteHoekstra US in moral decline.https://t.co/3XtaUaZioQ
— Blik op Nosjournaal (@BlikopNOS) December 23, 2017
AND THE WINNER IS –TA-DA! Our eyes are leaking badly, help ….
When the US sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're bringing prejudice. They're bringing ignorance. They're idiots. And some, I assume, are good people #fakenews https://t.co/PDLCIkha1r
— Pedro Miguel Silva (@pedrosilvapt) December 22, 2017