The woman then told Trump her parents are Korean, which prompted Trump to look toward one of his advisers ask aloud why the "pretty Korean lady" wasn't talking to the North Koreans on behalf of the White House.
"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"
MIAC also asked the ambassador to clarify if the USA regards Botswana as a "shithole" country, adding that Trump's comments were "highly irresponsible, reprehensible, and racist". At the end of the Oval Office briefing, Trump reportedly asked the woman where she was from.
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In a meeting last fall, the president apparently said that a female intelligence expert should be assisting the U.S.in its negotiations with North Korea purely because of her Korean heritage, NBC News reported.
According to NBC, the officials who discussed the "pretty Korean lady" remark "said the president likely meant no harm with his inquiry, but it raised concern of a lack of cultural sensitivity and decorum". It's just another day in the Trump White House.
The story comes amid reports that the president referred to some developing nations as "s--hole countries" in an immigration meeting with key senators. Botswana's Ministry of International Affairs said the comments were "highly irresponsible, reprehensible, and racist".
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Trump was reportedly referring to countries in Africa, as well as Haiti and El Salvador, the latter two of which have seen temporary protected status for immigrants in the United States withdrawn in recent months. His reported remarks took place in the context of a debate over the merits of those programs.
"Either the president has been misinformed or he is miseducated", Altidor said, adding that Haiti's government also formally summoned a USA official to explain the comments.
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EFF protests were also reported at H&M stores in Gauteng's Mall of the South and Mall of Africa, and at Clearwater Mall in Johannesburg.