A report released from The New York Times on Saturday is claiming President Trump said that Haitian immigrants “all have AIDS,” along with other inflammatory comments. The White House is debunking the report, saying it is flat out false.
According to The Times, Trump apparently lashed out at top aides and Cabinet officials in a June meeting to complain about the influx of immigrants into the U.S., despite his travel ban on Muslim-majority countries. The Times further claimed that Trump believed the influx was damaging the credibility of his promise to secure the border.
Six officials who attended or had knowledge of the meeting spoke to the Times that Trump referenced a list of the latest statistics on immigration since his inauguration. The officials apparently told The Times that Trump took issue with several nationalities of immigrants, including the 40,000 immigrants from Nigeria who he said would not “go back to their huts” once entering the U.S.
“General Kelly, General McMaster, Secretary Tillerson, Secretary 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,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement of response to The Times.
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