Welcome to another day living under the Trump administration.
According to a Politico report published on Monday, during a 2017 briefing to prep for a meeting with the prime minister of India, President Donald Trump called the country of Nepal “nipple” and laughed when he referred to the country of Bhutan as “button.”
Trump’s cultural gaffe was confirmed by two sources with “knowledge of the meeting,” per Politico. A White House representative told Politico that people present at the 2017 meeting “don’t remember” the president’s “nipple” remark.
The report details Trump’s “diplomatic faux pas” during his time in office, including the time he wanted to call Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the afternoon in Washington, D.C. — which was the middle of the night in Tokyo.
As “a person close to Trump” told Politico:
“When he wants to call someone, he wants to call someone. He’s more impulsive that way. He doesn’t think about what time it is or who it is.”
The report also revealed Trump’s painfully awkward comments during internal staff meetings. During a briefing before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 2017 visit, Trump offered to “set him up with somebody” when he found out that Modi and his wife are estranged. During the same meeting, he was confused by Nepal and Bhutan’s geographic locations between India and China.
“He didn’t know what those were,” a source “familiar with the meeting” told Politico. “He was like, ‘What is this stuff in between and these other countries?'”
Trump’s ignorant remarks aren’t new — in January, the Washington Post reported that the president faked an Indian accent, imitating Modi. He also one referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and several African nations as “shithole countries.”
Knowing Trump’s track record, is anyone really surprised by his comments?