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Thu Jul 27, 2017, 07:44 AM

Trump sends LGBT critic Pete Hoekstra to gay-friendly Netherlands

Trump sends LGBT critic to gay-friendly Netherlands

Pete Hoekstra, an ex-Congressman and member of the conservative Tea Party movement, is President Donald Trump’s pick for ambassador to the Netherlands.

The former representative will need approval from Senate and the Hague - often a formality in ambassadorial nominations - and he will return to work in the country of his birth. The pick may seem an astute one, given Hoekstra’s government experience and ties to the Dutch nation - he was born in the Netherlands, moving to the U.S. at age three, before eventually representing a constituency with a large Dutch-American community including his hometown of Holland Michigan, named for the biggest region in the Netherlands.

Trump has “put a Dutchman in the Netherlands – but it is a Dutchman from the Netherlands of the 50s,” Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant declared after the White House announced the choice of Hoekstra earlier this week.

Hoekstra’s right-wing sensibilities, supporting the death penalty, arguing refugees are a threat to Europe, opposing gay marriage and repeatedly voting in Congress to limit women’s right to abortion, are likely to be a source of controversy in the liberal lowlands of northern Europe.


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