Trump Referred to Intelligence Analyst as 'Pretty Korean Lady'

Fire And Fury Inside The Trump White House paints Trump as a leader who does not understand the weight of his office and whose competence is questioned by aides

Fire And Fury Inside The Trump White House paints Trump as a leader who does not understand the weight of his office and whose competence is questioned by aides

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.

The woman, an intelligence analyst who had visited the White House to brief Trump on an impending hostage situation in Pakistan, was asked where "your people" were from by the president after multiple attempts to learn her ethnicity, sources told NBC. She replied that she originally hailed from New York City, but Trump pushed her by asking where "your people" originally came from.

After the woman answered that her parents are Korean, Trump reportedly suggested to another advisor in the room that the "pretty Korean lady" should be negotiating with North Korea.

"Where are you from?" the president asked, according to two officials with direct knowledge of the exchange. "Then what are they?"

As President Trump wades through the fallout from his reported comments that Haiti and several African states are "shithole countries", a story published Friday by NBC News claims that on two separate instances, Trump made prejudiced assumptions about White House visitors due to their ethnicity.

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