Retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen took a swing at President Trump for a controversial comment he made to a South Korean intelligence analyst briefing him on national security issues earlier this month.
Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., used a congratulatory tweet to Politico reporter Seung Min Kim, who is taking a job at the Washington Post, to jab at Trump over the comment.
“Hey, @seungminkim, congrats on the new gig! How long till Trump calls u the pretty Asian lady and asks u to give him briefings?” she tweeted.
Hey, @seungminkim, congrats on the new gig! How long till Trump calls u the pretty Asian lady and asks u to give him briefings? https://t.co/aEdibC53h6— Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen) January 25, 2018
Trump asked a South Korean intelligence officer multiple times where she was from during a briefing, reportedly not being satisfied with being told she was from Manhattan in New York City. Eventually, the agent told him her parents are from South Korea.
Trump then asked another advisor why the “pretty Korean lady” wasn’t helping the administration negotiate with North Korea, NBC News reported.
It was another of Trump’s controversial racial comments earlier this month.
Trump reportedly asked why the U.S. needs more people from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries coming into the country. He then referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as “shithole countries,” according to multiple reports.
Trump has publicly denied the comments, but reports indicate he called allies to see what they made of them and the White House privately celebrated his words. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who was in the meeting confirmed Trump used that language.