US Ambassador Calls Own 2015 Statement “Fake News”; Things Then Rapidly Go South (Video)

US Ambassador Calls Own 2015 Statement “Fake News”; Things Then Rapidly Go South:

The new US ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, is not off to a good start following an international embarrassment on Dutch TV in which he smugly denied every saying there are no-go zones in the Netherlands – calling the suggestion “fake news.”

Hoekstra – former congressman (R-MI) and chair of the House Intelligence Committee for two years, was asked by Dutch journalist Wouter Zwart of news program Nieuwsuur about comments he made in 2015:

Zwart: “You mentioned in a debate that there are no-go zones in the Netherlands, and that cars and politicians are being set on fire in the Netherlands.”

Hoekstra: “I didn’t say that. This is actually an incorrect statement. We would call it fake news.

Zwart then shows Hoekstra a clip of him saying exactly that:

“The Islamic movement has now gotten to a point where they have put Europe into chaos. Chaos in the Netherlands, there are cars being burnt, there are politicians that are being burnt … and yes there are no-go zones in the Netherlands” –Pete Hoekstra, 2015

A still-smug Hoekstra deadpans to Zwart, denying that he used the phrase fake news. “I didn’t call that fake news. I didn’t use the words today. I don’t think I did.”

Hoekstra – born in Groningen, Netherlands, was sworn in on December 11th by Mike Pence. In response, he said that he “made certain remarks in 2015 and regret the exchange during the Nieuwsuur interview. Please accept my apology.” 

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Credit Suisse Offices Raided In Multiple Tax Probes: Gold Bars, Paintings, Jewelry Seized

Credit Suisse Offices Raided In Multiple Tax Probes: Gold Bars, Paintings, Jewelry Seized:

Credit Suisse has confirmed that the Swiss bank, some of its employees and hundreds of account holders are the subjects of a major tax evasion probe launched in UK, France, Australia, Germany and the Netherlands, setting back Swiss attempts to clean up its image as a haven for tax evaders.

According to Bloomberg, Dutch investigators seized jewellery, paintings and even gold bars as part of a sweeping investigation into tax evasion and money laundering in the Netherlands. They added that the sums involved amounted to “many millions” of lost tax revenue.

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