Trump's 'pretty Korean lady' comment draws swift backlash


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  • President Donald Trump allegedly asked an intelligence
    analyst some racially-tinged questions last fall.
  • News of Trump’s comments came one day after he was
    widely criticized for making derogatory remarks about African
    nations.

President Donald Trump continued to draw fire for making
inflammatory comments this week, after officials recounted a
conversation he allegedly had with a female intelligence analyst
last fall.

According to two officials with knowledge of the conversation,
Trump reportedly asked the woman where she was from, NBC News
reported. She responded that
she was from New York.

Trump posed the question again, according to NBC, to which she
replied that she was from Manhattan. The president pressed
further, asking her where “your people” were from, the report
said, citing the two officials with knowledge of the
conversation.

The analyst, a hostage policy expert, said that her parents were
Korean, to which Trump responded by asking an adviser in the room
why the “pretty Korean lady” was not negotiating with North Korea
in an official capacity, NBC News reported.

Trump’s comments drew swift backlash from Asian Americans working
in the government and the intelligence community:

“Another awful story on how Trump cannot see women for more than
their looks & only sees minorities as others, not Americans,”
Democratic Rep. Judy Chu of California said in a tweet. “If true, this story
that he called a skilled analyst just a “pretty Korean lady” is
latest evidence he is unfit for this office.”

“Asian Americans are Americans,” Mieke Eoyang, Vice
President for Third Way’s National Security Program and a
former defense policy advisor, tweeted in response to the
story. “Our brains work on all issues, not just Asian ones.
Trump may not think Asia is a sh!thole, but that doesn’t make
this any less racist.”

“Hey @realDonaldTrump: Everyone in America or their ancestors
(other than Native Americans) came from another country,”
Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California tweeted. “I came from Taiwan. The
pretty Korean lady you identified (or her ancestors) came from
Korea. We are AMERICAN. If you don’t understand that, you need to
resign.”

“Hey @realDonaldTrump: Where are your people from?,” Lieu
said in another tweet. “The answer to that question
is somewhere else. Everyone in America is either an immigrant or
their ancestors were immigrants. But we are all now Americans.
Get it yet?”

Trump’s alleged comments drew some fierce condemnation online:

News of Trump’s previous comments came a day after he made
another remark that has since caused an uproar not only in the US, but abroad. During a meeting to
discuss US immigration policy on Thursday, Trump questioned the
inclusion of immigrants hailing from Haiti and other African
countries, according to a Washington Post report

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come
here,” Trump allegedly said.

Lawmakers who were with Trump during the meeting appear to be
divided, with some confirming the account, while others said they “do not recall” the
alleged comment.

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