Trump addresses Kurdish reporter as ‘Mr. Kurd’

Trump addresses Kurdish reporter as ‘Mr. Kurd’

Kurdistan TV journalist Rahim Rashidi delighted by nickname given to him by US president at press conference

US President Donald Trump referred to a Kurdish journalist as “Mr. Kurd” during a Wednesday press conference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

While taking questions, a deadpan Trump called on Kurdistan TV reporter Rahim Rashidi, saying: “Yes, please. Mr. Kurd, go ahead.”

Unfazed, Rashidi proceeded to ask Trump about US-Kurdish relations in the post-Islamic State era in Iraq and Syria.

Trump told Rashidi the US gave considerable assistance to the Kurds, and asserted that thousands had died fighting the jihadist group in recent years.

“We’re trying to get along very well, we do get along great with the Kurds. We’re trying to help them a lot,” he told Rashidi.

“Don’t forget, that’s their territory. We have to help them,” he said. “I want to help them.”

Rashidi later identified himself on Twitter, and said he was “very proud” to be called “Mr. Kurd.”

He thanked Trump for “recognizing Kurdistan’s contribution in fight against ISIS.”

Rashidi also told New York Times reporter Michael Grynbaum that he “loved” the incident, saying that Trump “made me happy by this sentence.”

The US president addressed a number of topics during the press conference, including the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation battle, but it was his reference to Rashidi that garnered the most attention on social media.

As the hashtag #MrKurd began to trend on Twitter, fellow Kurds were thrilled the incident drew attention to the ethnic minority.

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