President Donald Trump called a career intelligence analyst “pretty Korean lady” and asked why she isn’t negotiating with North Korea, even though her expertise is in other areas, NBC News reports.
NBC reports that the analyst, who is an expert on hostage policy, spoke with Trump at an Oval Office briefing last fall to update him on a family being held in Pakistan.
Via NBC News:
“Where are you from?” the president asked, according to two officials with direct knowledge of the exchange.
New York, she replied.
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 under condition of anonymity due to the nature of the internal discussions.
After the analyst revealed that her parents are Korean, Trump turned to an adviser in the room and seemed to suggest her ethnicity should determine her career path, asking why the “pretty Korean lady” isn’t negotiating with North Korea on his administration’s behalf, the officials said.
NBC News also highlighted another anecdote from a March meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus.
When a member told Trump that welfare cuts would harm her constituents, “not all of whom are black,” the president replied, “Really? Then what are they?”