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Trump asked why 'pretty Korean lady' wasn't helping with North Korea negotiations

13 January 2018

The president continued to inquire, asking the officer where "your people" were from, according to two officials with direct knowledge of the incident.

Trump persisted and asked the question again, with the staffer repeating that she, like Trump himself, was also from Manhattan in NY. Referring to the president's hometown, she offered that she, too, was from Manhattan.

He wanted to know where "your people" are from, according to the officials.

President Donald Trump suggested that a "pretty Korean lady", a career intelligence analyst who was discussing an impending hostage situation in Pakistan with him in the Oval Office, be reassigned to North Korea.

In sum: The president of the United States, the person who's supposed to represent the best of the country, behaved in a fashion that would likely get a midlevel manager at a company fired.

In a tweet, Trump said: "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".

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Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin said on Friday that the president made "hate-filled, vile, and racist" comments during the meeting, "and he said them repeatedly".

The career intelligence analyst ultimately told the president her parents were from Korea.

A source close to the president told NBC News "he frequently uses that kind of language", and added that those around Trump frequently tell him he should not. The network did not receive comments from the briefer or the White House. MSNBC recently ran a compilation video of Trump talking about people he's hiring, and in each instance says they look like they're from "central casting".

Trump began his presidential campaign by calling Mexican immigrants criminals and "rapists".

During that same meeting, a member relayed to Trump that potential welfare cuts would harm her constituents, "not all of whom are black". The president replied: "Really?"

The exchange was detailed to NBC News after Trump's "shithole" remark on Thursday drew backlash and claims that he is racist. Haiti's ambassador to the U.S. said he and his government "vehemently condemn [ed]" the remark.

Trump asked why 'pretty Korean lady' wasn't helping with North Korea negotiations