President Donald Trump’s apparently sophomoric attempt at humor about the Vietnamese Prime Minister has surfaced in a new book, reports the Politico Playbook.
The book by Ted Osius is entitled Nothing is Impossible: America’s Reconciliation with Vietnam. In the book being released next week, Osius details how Trump reacted to the name of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
“You mean like FOOK YOO?” the former president said, according to Osius. “I knew a guy named Fook Yoo. Really. I rented him a restaurant. When he picked up the phone, he answered ‘Fook Yoo.’ His business went badly. People didn’t like that. He lost the restaurant.”
The incident happened at the White House in preparation for a 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting.
The Business Insider outlines several similar offensive jokes by the former president, including one as recent as Thursday.
During an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Trump said “hundreds of thousands of people are flowing in from Haiti, and “many of those people will probably have AIDS.” Trump went on to call the immigration of Haitians into the country a “death wish.”
As often is the case with Trump, he offered no evidence for his assertions.
During his presidency, Trump called Haiti a “shithole country.”
When the president announced his run for president, he labeled Mexicans “rapists” and “murderers.”
He also said that four congresswoman, including several South Asian Americans “should go back where they came from.”
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