US envoy to Netherlands accused of ELECTION MEDDLING after hosting 'fundraiser' for right-wing party at embassy
Added 09-23-20 11:37:01am EST - “The US ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, has been accused of "election meddling" by local politicians after hosting an event ?" reportedly a fundraiser ?" for a right-wing party at the embassy.” - Rt.com
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The 'party' was hosted by the ambassador on September 10, and was first brought to light by Dutch weekly magazine De Groene Amsterdammer on Monday.According to the report, the event had some 30 to 40 guests, including a large group of members from the right-wing Forum for Democracy (FvD) political party, as well as "wealthy entrepreneurs" – some of whom have already donated to the FvD.
The guests reportedly received an email from the embassy, calling for them to join the event "at the invitation of Forum for Democracy and Pete Hoekstra." Moreover, the message allegedly urged the invitees to forward any further questions to Joyce Vastenhouw – the FvD fundraising boss.
The revelation caused an explosive reaction in the Netherlands, with many politicians accusing the US envoy of meddling in the country's internal affairs.
"Of course this should not have happened," Dutch MP for the GroenLinks party told NOS broadcaster. "This is interference in our elections."
Sven Koopmans, an MP for the ruling People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), has called for an inquiry into the event. Koopmans himself was previously hosted by the US ambassador for a Q&A session.
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