Published: Sun, December 24, 2017
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

White House denies report that Trump made offensive remarks about immigrants

White House denies report that Trump made offensive remarks about immigrants

The White House has denied a new bombshell report from The New York Times in which sources said President Donald Trump referred to Haitian immigrants as all having AIDS and that Nigerian immigrants would never "go back to their huts" after seeing the United States. While complaining about the number of Haitian immigrants in the U.S., Trump reportedly claimed they "all have AIDS" before charging that those who'd come from Nigeria would never "go back to their huts" once they'd seen the United States.

Citing six officials who attended the meeting or were briefed about it, The Times explains Trump was outraged after seeing a document showing the number of visas granted by country during the first five months of his administration.

According to the Times report, Kelly and Miller became frustrated with Tillerson, blaming the secretary of state for the flow of people from overseas.

The president lamented that more than 2,500 recipients were from Afghanistan, expressing concerns about terrorism.

In addition to Miller, the meeting reportedly included John Kelly, then-Secretary of Homeland Security and now Chief of Staff, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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Mr. Trump has pushed controversial immigration policies since becoming American president in January. But the Times story notes that two anonymous officials who served as sources for the article deemed the comments so noteworthy at the time that they told others.

The White House lashed out at The Times for the report.

After that, The Times reports, Kelly, Tillerson, and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller got into an argument. 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.

Though the Trump and the White House's official position might be to deny that he ever made these comments, they'd be perfectly consistent with the words of someone who started off his presidential campaign by calling Mexican immigrants rapists and who, in August, claimed that there were "very fine people on both sides" of the groups who clashed in Charlottesville - despite one of these sides being made up of white supremacists.

In a statement to The Times, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied the president used the words "AIDS" or "huts".

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