With all this attention on President Donald Trump‘s “shithole” comments, NBC News has another report out today featuring some similarly stunning remarks from the President.
Per NBC, a career intelligence analyst briefed Trump (for the first time) a few months ago about the release of a family held in Pakistan and this is what happened next:
“Where are you from?” the president asked, according to two officials with direct knowledge of the exchange.
New York, she replied.
Trump was unsatisfied and asked again, the officials said. Referring to the president’s hometown, she offered that she, too, was from Manhattan. But that’s not what the president was after.
He wanted to know where “your people” are from, according to the officials, who spoke off the record due to the nature of the internal discussions.
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.
This is the lead anecdote on a report about the President’s “history of breaking decorum with remarks on race, ethnicity.”
In response to the reports of his “shithole” comment, the President tweeted today, “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.”
NBC’s report notes one source saying, “He frequently uses that kind of language.”
And the story includes this too, regarding a meeting with Congressional Black Caucus members:
[Ben] Carson, the only black member of Trump’s Cabinet, had never served in Congress and spent his career as a surgeon. None of the lawmakers knew Carson, and Trump found that surprising, the attendees said.
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? Then what are they?”
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