Posted: 2:44 am ET
So the new U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Peter Hoekstra presented his credentials to King Willem-Alexander on January 10. The same day, he also faced a grilling from members of the Dutch press. And if that’s not memorable enough, the Dutch Review has a screaming headline that says “It’s Lying Pete Hoeskta’s first day as the US Ambassador in the Netherlands.”
We are having a brain freeze trying to remember if anything like this ever happened before. Oh, we can’t remember anything. Just that there was no way the embassy could have avoided this incident. Had Ambassador Hoesktra offered a fuller apology after that meltdown of an interview, he would not have been facing a fiery press on his first official day as representative of the United States to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
NLtimes reported that when asked about his previous controversial comments, he announced, “I won’t comment on the matter anymore”. Apparently, he told the press that “now that he is a representative of the American administration, his personal opinions or comments are no longer what matters.” As if somehow “the matter” would simply go away. It won’t. And Dutch reporters will not stop asking just because Ambassador Hoekstra refuses to comment. And with every future event, we will get similar video clips. So we doubt very much if this is the end of it. He will get a reminder about this at his every encounter with the Dutch press.
Also see New U.S. Ambassador Peter Hoekstra Makes Splash With Whoppers on Dutch TV; Amb. Designate Hoekstra Issues an “Apology,” Gets Roasted on Twitter; Nomination: Ex-Congressman Peter Hoekstra to be U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands).
— US Embassy The Hague (@usembthehague) January 10, 2018
Today Dutch press welcomed @petehoekstra as new ambassador to the Netherlands. In 2015 Hoekstra said Dutch"politicians are being burned" (not true). The only one who did get burned today is… Hoekstra himself. By refusing to answer our questions. pic.twitter.com/Dv2aalbhDP
— Roel Geeraedts (@RGjournalist) January 10, 2018
One Dutch reporter asked @petehoekstra to look a John Adams quote on the fireplace about being “honest and wise” and if he was truly honest/wise he would take back his comments. Brutal video https://t.co/gpz7wAOTX7
— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) January 10, 2018
— Robert Mackey (@RobertMackey) January 10, 2018
Goodmorning America! It is Pete Hoekstra's first day as US ambassador to the Netherlands and that first press moment was going far from 'smooth' (video inside!) https://t.co/nVrEb2CbXL
@AmandaWaPo @washingtonpost #donaldtrump
— DutchReview (@Dutchreviewing) January 10, 2018
The new American ambassador to the Netherlands, Peter Hoekstra, refused to comment at his inaugural press conference in Den Haag about his past allegations claiming politicians were set on fire in the Netherlands.
"I won't comment on the matter anymore", Hoekstra announced. pic.twitter.com/8AqzU11LbS
— Agent Smith (@anonycraig) January 11, 2018
I did a deep dive on US ambassador to the Netherlands @petehoekstra who apologized for "no-go zone" claims in December. Turns out he made the comments regularly and more! https://t.co/krUaNbRCiK pic.twitter.com/Iw3H5CviOC
— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) January 9, 2018