Trump has history of racially-charged Oval Office remarks: report

 

The Oval Office is apparently Donald Trump's offensive office.

Amid reports that Trump used the phrase "shithole countries" during a heated immigration meeting, allegations surfaced Friday that he once demanded during another Oval Office sit-down that a Korean-American intelligence analyst tell him where her "people" are from.

"Where are you from?" Trump asked the unidentified intelligence analyst during the meeting, which had been called ahead of the release of a Canadian-American family held hostage in Pakistan last fall, two officials with direct knowledge of the matter told NBC News.

The intelligence officer apparently answered that she's from New York.

But Trump wasn't satisfied and repeated the same question. The analyst, confused by Trump's line of questioning, specified that she was from Manhattan.

Again the President challenged the response, telling the analyst that he wanted to know where "your people" are from, according to the officials.

When the analyst explained that her parents are Korean, Trump apparently turned to one of his aides and asked why the "pretty Korean lady" isn't in charge of his administration's negotiations with the North Korean regime, implying that her ethnicity should stake out her career path.

Trump apparently once turned to one of his aides and asked why a

Trump apparently once turned to one of his aides and asked why a "pretty Korean lady" isn't in charge of his administration's negotiations with North Korea.

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The revelation comes amid outrage over Trump's comments during a heated Oval Office meeting about restoring protections for Caribbean and African immigrants on Thursday.

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Trump fumed at attendees, suggesting that the U.S. instead takes in more people from nations like Norway.

A person close to the President told NBC News that Trump "frequently uses that kind of language," even though several of his aides advise him to cut it out.

Several White House spokespeople did not immediately return a request for comment from the Daily News.

Trump — who for years falsely insisted that President Obama wasn't born in the U.S. — has a long history of making racially and sexually-charged comments.

During a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus in March, Trump was reportedly shocked to find out that none of the attendees knew Ben Carson — his only African-American Cabinet member.

In a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus, Trump was shocked to learn that none of the caucus members knew Ben Carson — his only African-American Cabinet member.

In a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus, Trump was shocked to learn that none of the caucus members knew Ben Carson — his only African-American Cabinet member.

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Carson had never served in Congress or engaged in national politics prior to his appointment as Housing and Urban Development Secretary and spent most of his professional life as a surgeon. Trump found it surprising that none of the caucus members knew Carson, two people in the room confirmed.

During the same meeting, a caucus member apparently told Trump that the sweeping welfare cuts discussed by his Cabinet could adversely impact many of her constituents, "not all of whom are black."

"Really?" Trump replied. "Then what are they?"

Trump's "shithole" attack wasn't the first time he targeted Carribean and African immigrants. Last month, it was reported that he once exploded in racist comments during an Oval Office meet, telling advisers that all Haitians have AIDS and that Nigerians shouldn't be allowed into the country because then they'll never "go back to their huts."

In another bizarre Oval Office moment last summer, Trump interrupted a phone call with Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar to flirt with an Irish reporter in the room.

"And where are you from?" Trump asked the reporter, Caitriona Perry, gesturing for her to come over to his desk. "Go ahead. Come here, come here. Where are you from? We have all of this beautiful Irish press."

After she introduced herself, Trump picked the phone back up and told Varadkar, "She has a nice smile on her face so I bet she treats you well."

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