Donald Trump had an awkward meeting in the White House this week with people who were victims of brutal religious persecution. The National, a publication out of the United Arab Emirates writes about one of the bizarre exchanges the president had with a Nobel Peace Prize winner:
“US President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared unfamiliar with the work and cause of Iraqi-Yazidi Nobel laureate Nadia Murad as she pleaded with him to help her community after brutal treatment at the hands of ISIS.”
At one point Murad told Trump that Isis killed her family, but he seemed to only be half-listening because he followed up by asking “where are they now?”
Later, as he struggled to make eye contact, he appeared surprised to learn she won the Nobel.
Nadia Murad tells the president of the United States her heartbreaking story of having to survive genocide and mass rape and violence but Trump shows no compassion, interest or empathy, and only wants to know how and why she won a Nobel Prize. Sigh. https://t.co/HcMff534kP
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) July 19, 2019
I finally watched the whole thing. It is excruciating and ghastly and deserves lengthy commentary in its own right. https://t.co/hhC2tuy4dw
— Ishaan Tharoor (@ishaantharoor) July 19, 2019
The Guardian points to some of the other odd encounters from the event. Watch above.