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

Posted December 24, 2017

The Times reported the president also complained about the 40,000 people who had come from Nigeria, saying they would never "go back to their huts" in Africa after being in the us, based on two officials' accounts.

The meeting in June reflects Mr. Trump's visceral approach to an issue that defined his campaign and has indelibly shaped the first year of his presidency. The comment came as he read aloud a list of how many immigrants had been approved visas to enter the U.S in 2017 - within it was the figure of 15,000 from Haiti.

The White House, however, did not deny the overall description of the meeting, just that Trump has never used the words AIDS or huts about people from any country.

"Kelly, General (H.R.) McMaster, Secretary (Rex) Tillerson, Secretary (Kirstjen) Nielsen, and all other senior staff actually in the meeting deny these outrageous claims and it's both sad and telling The New York Times would print the lies of their anonymous sources anyway", Sanders told CBS News. The New York Times attributes the quote to an anonymous source and another unnamed person told of the comment by someone else at the meeting.

But as the debate progressed, Kelly and Stephen Miller, Trump's domestic policy adviser, reportedly began blaming Tillerson for the flood of foreigners.

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Mr. Trump has pushed controversial immigration policies since becoming American president in January. If he was so bad at his job, maybe he should stop issuing visas altogether, Mr. Tillerson fired back.

Several other people who attended the meeting also told The Times they did not recall the comments, but the two officials who described them found them so significant they told others about them at the time.

Learning that 2,500 Afghanis had entered the U.S. since his inauguration day, Trump referred to the country as a terrorist haven.

The month before, when a man who killed eight people in Manhattan was revealed to be originally from Uzbekistan, Trump bemoaned the air of complacency around immigration reform, calling current laws "a joke", the Times reports.

The White House is said to have confirmed the meeting. "He's come into office with an aggressive strategy of trying to reverse the demographic changes underway in America".