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.
"Where are you from?" the president asked last fall.— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 12, 2018
New York, she replied.
After the analyst revealed that her parents are Korean, Pres. Trump asked why "pretty Korean lady" isn't negotiating with NKorea on his admin.'s behalf, officials tell @NBCNews. https://t.co/E0yth54286
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.
Imagine working your ass off (probably not hard enough, your parents say!) to the point where your job is to brief the leader of the free world, only to be told that your true value lies not in your intellect or talent but in your ancestry and the color of your skin— Brian Fung (@b_fung) January 12, 2018
Think about the policy ramifications of this story. Trump is implying Chinese-American intel officials should deal only with China, Indian-Americans only with India, German-Americans only with Germany, etc.— Brian Fung (@b_fung) January 12, 2018
Asking where somebody is “really” from and saying it should determine her career path isn’t a “compliment.” It’s a *back-handed* compliment that denies an independent person’s sense of belonging to her own country and overwrites that person’s own choices, interests and agency.— Brian Fung (@b_fung) January 13, 2018
I can't stop thinking about this. Growing up, I'd experienced this kind of racist micro aggression so many times that I always just laughed it off. It took until grad school for me to recognize how terrible it is. https://t.co/94JwLWJS1E pic.twitter.com/Q1WZfMaRJe— Alvin Chang (@alv9n) January 12, 2018
He brings up a good point.
This user points out the misogyny-laced racist comment.
Another awful story on how Trump cannot see women for more than their looks & only sees minorities as others, not Americans.— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) January 12, 2018
If true, this story that he called a skilled analyst just a "pretty Korean lady" is latest evidence he is unfit for this office https://t.co/CmAZs7IuJf
Every day I wake up and think we we’ve hit rock bottom. And then it happens. Again. Over. And over. And over. Again. I really think the man is missing a critical part of his pre-frontal cortex.— Sue G-Vaughn (@piguanaSue) January 13, 2018
Despite the president's proclivities, there are some agendas that never die.
Today in Trump news, we learned he:— Paul Szoldra (@PaulSzoldra) January 13, 2018
—Asked why people were coming from “shithole countries” in Africa
—Paid off a porn star to keep quiet about an affair
—Called a Korean-American intelligence professional a “pretty Korean lady” during a briefing
But, her emails.