A New York Times report suggests that President Donald J. Trump made disparaging remarks about immigrants from Haiti, Nigeria, and Afghanistan. The report comes from sources who were familiar with a June meeting, in which the president was unhappy about immigration statistics.
According to the Times, six officials who attended or were briefed about the meeting reported that the president was angry about the information contained in a document which his domestic policy adviser, Stephen Miller, had given him ahead of the meeting, listing how many immigrants had received visas to enter the United States in 2017.
From The Times:
Haiti had sent 15,000 people. They “all have AIDS,” he grumbled, according to one person who attended the meeting and another person who was briefed about it by a different person who was there.
Forty thousand had come from Nigeria, Mr. Trump added. Once they had seen the United States, they would never “go back to their huts” in Africa, recalled the two officials, who asked for anonymity to discuss a sensitive conversation in the Oval Office.
More than 2,500 were from Afghanistan, a terrorist haven, the president complained.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders the denied the report on Saturday morning.
“General Kelly, General McMaster, Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Nielsen and all other senior staff actually in the meeting deny these outrageous claims,” Sanders said, referring to the current White House chief of staff, the national security adviser and the secretaries of state and homeland security. “It’s both sad and telling The New York Times would print the lies of their anonymous ‘sources’ anyway.”
The White House said President Trump did not use “AIDS” or “huts” in reference to immigrants from any country. Several other people who attended the meeting said they did not recall the president’s comments containing such language.
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