On the heels of his 'shithole countries' scandal, President Donald Trump faces another accusation of making racially offensive remarks. According to NBC News, Trump referred to an intelligence analyst as a “pretty Korean lady” and wondered aloud why she was not assisting him with North Korea.
NBC News reported Friday that the conversation last fall between the “career intelligence analyst,” an expert in hostage policy, and the president happened last fall in the Oval Office, when Trump was being briefed on the impending release of a family long held in Pakistan.
After asking the woman where she was from and receiving the answer of New York, Trump pressed again asking where her "people" were from.
The report said the analyst revealed that her parents were Korean, prompting Trump to ask an adviser in the room why the “pretty Korean lady” isn’t negotiating with nuclear-armed North Korea.
NBC's sources insisted that Trump “likely meant no harm with his inquiry, but it raised concern of a lack of cultural sensitivity and decorum.”
Mieke Eoyang, of the Third Way think tank, writing in a commentary for Politico shortly after Friday’s NBC News report, said Trump was not alone in holding such an attitude.
“For many reading this anecdote, it seems like another beyond-the-pale example of President Trump’s insensitivity and racism,” Eoyang wrote. “And yet, for those of us who work in national security and trace our ancestry to Asia, the story is all too familiar.
“It’s pervasive. You get asked this all the time,” she wrote.