Published: Sun, December 24, 2017
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

WH Denies NYT Report Claiming Trump Said Haitian Immigrants 'All Have AIDS'

WH Denies NYT Report Claiming Trump Said Haitian Immigrants 'All Have AIDS'

While the White House did not deny the overall description of the meeting, officials strenuously insisted that Mr. Trump never used the words "AIDS" or "huts" to describe people from any country.

He was then said to have read out a list of how many immigrants from different countries had received visas so far in 2017.

"Late to his own meeting and waving a sheet of numbers, President Trump stormed into the Oval Office one day in June, plainly enraged", the report begins.

New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman tweeted that right before the story written by Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis was set to publish the White House "pushed out cabinet members to deny the details of POTUS remarks".

Trump was specifically angered that thousands of foreigners had obtained visas during the first year of his presidency, even though he promised campaign supporters he would curtail immigration.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied the reports Saturday morning, though she didn't deny how the Times described the the overall objective of the meeting. Kelly (who was at that time the secretary of homeland security), and domestic policy adviser Stephen Miller were all there.

When it came to Nigerian immigrants, Trump complained that they would never "go back to their huts" in Africa after setting foot in the U.S.

They "all have AIDS" the commander in chief allegedly said about the 15,000 Haitian visas.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement blasting the paper and denying that Trump had made the comments.

The Times said its report came from more than three dozen interviews, but at the same time, noted that several other people at the meeting told them they did not recall Trump using the words.

Mr Trump has tried to crack down on immigration into the USA, citing terrorism fears, but has been stymied by the courts.

"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.

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