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.
NYT published accounts of some administration officials who were present at a meeting about the administration's immigration policy in June. The unstable and deriding comments about migrants ascribed to the president were sourced to a couple of anonymous authorities, one who the Times said was available in the gathering, and another who was informed about the remarks by a moment participant.
Mr Trump's alleged comments came after he was told 15,000 Haitians had received visas to enter the USA since he became President.
And the 40,000 from Nigeria would find the U.S. so appealing, they would never "go back to their huts" in Africa, the president said, according to the paper, which cited officials who were at the meeting or learned about it shortly afterward.
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.
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Haiti had sent 15,000 people.
Mr. Trump has pushed controversial immigration policies since becoming American president in January.
Upon reading that 2,500 people from Afghanistan had obtained visas, he described the country as a "terrorist haven". But as the president continued, Mr. Kelly and Mr. Miller turned their ire on Mr. Tillerson, blaming him for the influx of foreigners and prompting the secretary of state to throw up his arms in frustration.
The Times report said Trump has long held contempt for immigrants, which is likely a surprise to few.
The Times said its report was the product of more than three dozen interviews.
"He's basically saying, 'You people of color coming to America seeking the American dream are a threat to the white people, '" Frank Sharry, executive director of the pro-immigrant organization America's Voice, told the Times.