I’m From America, Mr. President. Where Are *You* From?

“Where are you from?” No, really, where are you from?

The president of the United States reportedly asked these questions of an analyst briefing him on the release of a family held hostage in Pakistan.

Not content with her answers—New York, specifically Manhattan—he persisted. “Where are your people from?”

Finally, he learned that this analyst is of Korean descent. He then turned to the men in the room to ask why “this pretty Korean lady” wasn’t working on North Korea issues.

For many reading this anecdote, it’s seems like another beyond-the-pale example of President Trump’s insensitivity and racism. And yet, for those of us who work in national security and trace our ancestry to Asia, the story is all too familiar.

It’s pervasive. You get asked this all the time. You check your reaction and try to dodge the question as best you can. It’s meant as a Continue reading “I’m From America, Mr. President. Where Are *You* From?”

Trump’s Tweets Are Exactly Why We Need An Investigation

Donald Trump had already been up for over an hour, tweeting about the attorney general and his meetings with the Russians. Clearly, the president was still fuming about Jeff Sessions’ announcement that he was recusing himself from any investigations into Russian interference with the election. But as the sun began to rise over the Florida coast on Saturday morning, he did something extraordinary, even by his standards. In a series of tweets, he accused his predecessor, Barack Obama, of wiretapping Trump Tower during the election.

“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”

And a few minutes later: “Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to the election? Turned down by a court earlier. A NEW LOW!”

“I’d bet a good lawyer could make Continue reading “Trump’s Tweets Are Exactly Why We Need An Investigation”