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Trumps Refers To US Intelligence Expert As 'Pretty Korean Lady' During Briefing

Trumps Refers To US Intelligence Expert As 'Pretty Korean Lady' During Briefing
4 months ago

In the wake of Trump's "sh*thole" racist comment about Haiti, NBC News published a report about a briefing last fall when Donald Trump persistently asked an intelligence analyst about her ethnic origins. 

According to two witnesses in the Oval Office, Trump asked the analyst, ”Where are you from?” But when she responded that she was from New York, he didn't care for that particular response.

The article, written by Vivian Salama and Hallie Jackson, probed into Trump's penchant for biggotry in the past.

Trump was unsatisfied and asked again, the officials said. Referring to the president’s hometown, she offered that she, too, was from Manhattan. But that’s not what the president was after. He wanted to know where “your people” are from, according to the officials, who spoke off the record due to the nature of the internal discussions.

After the analyst divulged that her parents were Korean, the president responded by suggesting a suitable career for her based on her ethnicity. 

Trump told an advisor that the "pretty Korean lady" should be working with North Korea to make negotiations on the administration's behalf.

Vox implied that Trump was so caught up in his racism during the briefing, that the pressing of the intelligence expert on her background eclipsed the initial focus of discussing the hostage crisis in Pakistan. 

Trump’s racism seems to make him a truly terrible manager. There’s no reason that being of Korean descent means an intelligence expert on hostage situations should be reassigned to North Korea, let alone put in charge of nuclear negotiations.

The president's racist remarks from the past and present struck a nerve on Twitter.

The Washington Post's Brian Fung confirmed this as an example of a situation some Asian-Americans fear. 

He brings up a good point.

This user points out the misogyny-laced racist comment.

Despite the president's proclivities, there are some agendas that never die.