‘Pretty Korean Lady’: Trump Catcalled a U.S. Intel Officer And Said She Should ‘Negotiate’ With Kim Jong Un: Report
Adding fuel to the firestorm engulfing president Donald Trump over his latest outburst about immigrants from “sh*thole” African countries, NBC News reports that Trump made a career U.S. intelligence officer uncomfortable with some insensitive remarks last year when he grilled her on her Korean heritage and demanded to know why she wasn’t being used to negotiate with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
According to the news outlet, Trump asked the officer where she was from after she had finished delivering an intelligence briefing. She replied that she originally hailed from New York City, but Trump pushed her by asking where “your people” originally came from.
At that point, she said that both of her parents were from Korea — at which point Trump turned to an adviser and asked them why the “pretty Korean lady” wasn’t being used as an asset to negotiate with North Korea over its nuclear arsenal.
“The officials who told NBC News of the fall exchange between Trump and the intelligence officer in the Oval Office in the fall said the president likely meant no harm with his inquiry, but it raised concern of a lack of cultural sensitivity and decorum,”
NBC added that a source close to the president claims that his advisers regularly try to get him to stop talking about people’s race — but to no avail.