Trump asked why 'pretty Korean lady' analyst wasn't negotiating with North Korea

Erika Holt
January 13, 2018

Once the briefing had concluded, President Trump asked the person who briefed him, a career intelligence analyst who also is an expert in hostage policy, a question.

Trump asked the elected officials if they knew just one member of his incoming cabinet - Ben Carson - according to two people in the room.

Trump persisted and asked the question again, with the staffer repeating that she, like Trump himself, was also from Manhattan in NY. "Despite her response of "Manhattan", the president apparently kept digging and inquired about the origins of "[her] people" until she told mentioned that her parents were from Korea. But that's not what the president was after.

Amid ongoing national and global condemnation for his remarks about "shithole" African nations, Donald Trump has come under fire yet again after details emerged about an intelligence briefing in which he asked why a "pretty Korean lady" wasn't working on negotiations with North Korea.

Trump defended himself in a tweet on Friday, claiming that he did not say "anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin said on Friday that the president made "hate-filled, vile, and racist" comments during the meeting, "and he said them repeatedly".

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The government of Haiti said in a statement it was "deeply shocked and outraged" by Trump's remark - and called it " racist ". Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems. "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians", the president said.

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The officials who told NBC News of the fall exchange between Trump and the intelligence briefer in the Oval Office said the president likely meant no harm with his inquiry, but it raised concern of a lack of cultural sensitivity and decorum.

President Donald Trump has reportedly made comments about race and ethnicity on several occasions.

Trump began his presidential campaign by calling Mexican immigrants criminals and "rapists".

Trump, it has often been reported, likes to match people to jobs he thinks they look qualified for.

Carson, the only black member of Trump's Cabinet, had never served in Congress and spent his career as a surgeon.

United Nations officials and government ministers from the countries mentioned have condemned Trump, describing them as "racist". "Then what are they?"

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