Uh oh. Near the top of the long list of don’t do’s that all politicians and diplomats need to know by heart is don’t be racist. This guy rather borderline. It’s not quite direct racism, but it is still really offensive. Some might say it’s an easy mistake to make, but they would be making the same mistake themselves. It’s a hard one to make, and he’s making it.
This situation is so embarrassing that’s it’s less like shooting yourself in the foot, and a lot more like shooting your best friend in the chest. He’s completely messed up and you almost feel slightly sorry and a bit concerned for him. Almost.