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Trump Asks Why A 'Pretty Korean Lady' Wasn't Dealing With North Korea

Trump Asks Why A 'Pretty Korean Lady' Wasn't Dealing With North Korea

Trump asked, according to multiple people briefed on the meeting, before going on to question why the USA wasn't admitting more immigrants from countries like Norway instead.

NBC's report comes a day after multiple news outlets reported that Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and several African nations as "shithole countries" during a Thursday Oval Office meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform.

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.

The Korean American woman, who visited the White House last fall to brief Trump on a family being released by militants in Pakistan, was asked where "your people" were from by the president after grilling her on her ethnicity, according to NBC News.

In a meeting last fall, the president apparently said that a female intelligence expert should be assisting the U.S.in its negotiations with North Korea purely because of her Korean heritage, NBC News reported.

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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".

But the president was not satisfied with her response and asked her the same question again.

According to NBC, the officials who discussed the "pretty Korean lady" remark "said the president likely meant no harm with his inquiry, but it raised concern of a lack of cultural sensitivity and decorum".

Apparently being a woman and a "Korean" at that (even though the intelligence agent, being born in the US, was wholly American) was enough for Trump to completely dismiss her role as an expert in hostage policy and downgrade her to just a "pretty, Korean lady".


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