Washington, July 20: US President Donald Trump had another awkward exchange when he met survivors of religious persecution in the Oval Office on Wednesday. Donald Trump appeared clueless when a representative of the Rohingya community, a Muslim minority group being targeted in Myanmar, sought help from the United States. During the brief, Trump sought to know where Bangladesh is.
Seeking help, the Rohingya representative said, "I am a Rohingya from Bangladesh refugee camp. Most of the refugees are willing to go back home as soon as possible. So, what is the plan to help us?" In his response, Trump asked, “Where is that exactly?” He was then informed, “Bangladesh is right next to Burma,” by one of Trump’s advisors. The video of the conversation was going viral on social media. Donald Trump Trolled For Tweeting on Arrest of 'So-Called Mumbai Terror Attacks Mastermind' Hafiz Saeed After '10 Years of Search'.
Incidentally, one day ago, the Trump administration has banned Myanmar's army chief and three other senior officers, calling the violence "ethnic cleansing". Another awkward moment took place during the same meeting when the US President appeared unfamiliar with the work and cause of Nobel laureate Nadia Murad who pleaded him to help the Yazidis of Iraq.
'Where is that exactly?' Donald Trump asks Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh
This video raises the question of whether @realDonaldTrump even knows where #Myanmar is? When told about the #Rohingya, replies "where is that?" Umm, you know those people who faced crimes against humanity? Guess that was in the briefing book you didn't bother to read, Donald. pic.twitter.com/dKPKxglCUM
— Phil Robertson (@Reaproy) July 18, 2019
After Murad, who was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year, explained how her mother and six brothers were killed and that 3,000 Yazidis remained missing, Trump said, "And you had the Nobel Prize? That's incredible. They gave it to you for what reason?" After a pause, Murad repeated her story. "After all this happened to me, I didn't give up. I make it clear to everyone that ISIS raped thousands of Yazidi women," she said.
Trump, who has boasted of crushing the self-styled caliphate of the Islamic State group, also appeared at a loss when Murad asked him to press the Iraqi and Kurdish governments to create safe conditions for the Yazidis to return. "But ISIS is gone and now it's Kurdish and who?" Trump asked, before later telling her, "I know the area very well."