At that point, she admitted that both of her parents were from Korea - at which point Trump turned to an adviser and asked them why the "pretty Korean lady" wasn't being used as an asset to negotiate with North Korea over its nuclear arsenal.
"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"
Amid the backlash to President Donald Trump reportedly referring to countries in Africa and Central America as "shithole countries", NBC News reports that the president made remarks about the race and ethnicity of at least one United States official.
She told him she was from NY, and, when pressed, she added that she was from Manhattan, according to NBC News. But NBC cited two officials with knowledge of what took place who said Trump was really asking the woman where "your people" are from.
A career intelligence analyst who is an expert in hostage policy stood before President Donald Trump in the Oval Office last fall to brief him on the impending release of a family long held in Pakistan under uncertain circumstances. It's just another day in the Trump White House. Botswana's Ministry of International Affairs said the comments were "highly irresponsible, reprehensible, and racist".
In the wake of President Trump's comment about wanting to stop immigration from "shithole countries", NBC News did a deep dive into Trump's history of racist comments.
Trump has railed against the diversity visa lottery program and special temporary status protections that bring in at least 50,000 immigrants from around the world and allow them to reside in the USA legally.
"Either the president has been misinformed or he is miseducated", Altidor said, adding that Haiti's government also formally summoned a U.S. official to explain the comments.