He admitted he was "shocked" by statements he made into a fucking camera, a week into refusing to comment on ever having said it, and calling the implication fake news?
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No, he's not shocked he said that. The shock he had was when the Netherlands press corps wouldn't let him get away with his lies and then lying about lying.
This is what a free press does to politicians who lie.
Too little, too late. He lost a lot of goodwill that will be really hard for him to win back.
The Dutch press will show these recordings every time he will be in the news, because that is how he entered our consciousness.
This is the problem with Trump administration officials. It's not that they get things wrong. It's their attitude about these things.
First, he didn't just say that the report was wrong. He called it "fake news." In a world where there is _so much_ actual fake news, it's appalling to call anything done by actual journalists fake news.
Then, when it was absolutely clear that he had said the things he was accused of having said, he simply was not able to say "I made a mistake, and I regret it." Simple as that. People know that people make mistakes, and it is a sign of being a normal, healthy person to be able to say, "Yeah, I got that one wrong. Sorry."
But this administration seems to have a ban on that sort of thing. And that's what's so insulting about people like Sean Spicer and Sarah Sanders. And of course, Trump himself.
The headline is misleading. He said that he confused the netherlands with another country. What country? Isis?
And the fact that he chose to release his explanation through “De Telegraaf” a populist , rightwing tabloid that has historically supported the nazi’s in wwii says enough.
"Yes, I'm totally shocked that I said those things and was recorded. That was incorrect. Just shocking, I tell you. Totally not my fault."
It took quite a fair bit of time and persistence, but finally, the truth has prevailed. The Dutch are nothing if not persistent when something catches their attention. The ambassador should just have relented right then and there. He could have saved face, at least. Now, he'll always be remembered as someone who just blurts out whatever lies comes into mind, and blames the other side when he's found out. In other words, a Trump crony. A shill. He will find no friends outside of the PVV and the FvD crowd.
As far as I know, in the interview
he said he mixed up the Netherlands with some other countries aka the "but it was still true but somewhere else" defense.
Fine, now lets refuse him.
Yep, foreign country can refuse diplomats. Holland should refuse this one. Diplomacy is about real problems, not debatting fairy tales.