White House denies report that president said Haitian immigrants 'all have AIDS'

Saul Bowman
December 24, 2017

President Donald Trump has tongue lashed countries with immigrants in the United States, according to a New York Times report.

And the 40,000 from Nigeria would find the USA so appealing, they would never "go back to their huts" in Africa, the president said, according to the paper, which cited officials who were at the meeting or learned about it shortly afterward.

According to the Times, President Trump's remarks came during a June meeting with his national security team in which the president read numbers off a document handed to him by his senior advisor for policy, Stephen Miller.

The White House did not deny the subject of the meeting, but strongly denied that Trump ever used the words "AIDS" or "huts" to describe immigrants entering the U.S.

He reportedly dismissed comments from then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, now his chief of staff, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that numerous people who got visas were short-term visitors, rather than immigrants planning to stay permanently. "It's both sad and telling The New York Times would print the lies of their anonymous "sources" anyway", she said.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, White House Chief of Staff General John.

Upon reading that 2,500 people from Afghanistan had obtained visas, he described the country as a "terrorist haven".

Trump's private rhetoric is not out of line with similarly inflammatory comments he has made publicly, such as when he referred to Mexican immigrants as drug dealers and "rapists" during his presidential campaign.

An explosive report from The New York Times seemed to confirm the worst fears of many about Donald Trump - that he's a xenophobic racist with a deep resentments against those of African origin.

The Times report said Trump has long held contempt for immigrants, which is likely a surprise to few.

Like many of his initiatives, his effort to change American immigration policy has been executed through a disorderly and dysfunctional process that sought from the start to defy the bureaucracy charged with enforcing it, according to interviews with three dozen current and former administration officials, lawmakers and others close to the process, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to detail private interactions.

The White House denied the former reality TV star made the controversial remarks.

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