The new US ambassador to the Netherlands has denied saying that there are no go areas in the Netherlands and that cars and politicians are being set on fire because of radical Islam.
In an interview with current affairs programme Nieuwsuur, Pete Hoekstra told NOS correspondent Wouter Zwart he had never said such things. 'I didn't say that. That is actually an incorrect statement. We would call it fake news,' Hoekstra said.
However, the new ambassador can be seen clearly making the statements in a video recording from 2015. 'And yes, there are no go areas in the Netherlands,' Hoekstra states.