The U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, was caught lying twice on camera in less than a minute this week.
Dutch journalist Wouter Zwart of Nieuwsuur asked Hoekstra about his 2015 comments in which he claimed that Muslims in the Netherlands were setting fire to politicians and creating “no-go zones” in cities.
Hoekstra denied that he did by implying President Donald Trump’s “fake news” catchphrase:
I didn’t say that, that is actually an incorrect statement. We would call it fake news. I never said that.
Zwart played a video of Hoekstra in 2015 saying, “In the Netherlands, there are cars being burned, there are politicians that are being burned… and yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands.”
Zwart told Hoekstra “You called it ‘fake news,” but Hoekstra lied a second time:
I didn’t call that fake news. I didn’t use those words today… I don’t think I did.