Ex-U.S. diplomat slams Trump over golf course remarks

November 9, 2017

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (Yonhap) — Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called out President Donald Trump Wednesday for promoting one of his golf courses during a speech before South Korea’s legislature.

While praising South Korea’s achievements, Trump told the National Assembly Wednesday (local time) that Korean golfers are “some of the best on Earth.”

“In fact, and you know what I’m going to say, the Women’s U.S. Open was held this year at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, and it just happened to be won by a great Korean golfer,” he said, referring to Park Sung-hyun.

Asked to comment on MSNBC, Albright said, “What a waste. Maybe he should have stuck with the business he was in before.”

The former secretary met with then North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang in 2000 during the Bill Clinton administration.

She lamented the absence of a U.S. ambassador to Seoul, among other vacancies in the State Department, saying the U.S. cannot be a major power without a functioning diplomatic service.

This AP file photo shows former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. (Yonhap)This AP file photo shows former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. (Yonhap)

hague@yna.co.kr

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