White House has denied a report that President Donald Trump said all Haitian immigrants “have AIDS” and that Nigerian immigrants would “never go back to their huts” in Africa after seeing the US.
According to the New York Times, President Trump was said to have made the comments during a meeting with senior staff about levels of immigration in June, at which he complained too many were receiving US visas.
However, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House Press Secretary has strongly denied the story by New York Times claiming President Donald Trump said Nigerians live in huts and that Haitians have AIDS.
The White House has denied that President Donald Trump used the words “AIDS” or “huts” in reference to immigrants, calling the suggestions “lies based on anonymous sources”.
Sarah Sanders said John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser, and Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State, Secretary Nielsen and all other senior staff were all in the meeting and denied these outrageous claims.
‘It’s both sad and telling The New York Times would print the lies of their anonymous “sources” anyway,’ Sanders said.
The report was published on Saturday citing anonymous sources who told The Times reporters’ they were either there or had been told about the remarks by others who were there.
According to the New York Times, President Donald Trump stormed into the Oval Office clutching ‘sheets of papers’ which revealed how many immigrants had been allowed into the US since he took office. He fumed at his national security team at the meeting that the number of immigrants arriving was undermining his campaign pledge to erect strong borders.
He was then said to have read out a list of how many immigrants from different countries had received visas so far in 2017.
He was angry that so many had gained entry into the US, they said, and then made derogatory remarks about the nations on the list. Of the 40,000 Nigerian immigrants who had been granted entry, he is alleged to have said they would ‘never go back to their huts in Africa’ now that they had seen the United States; while he said the 15,000 from Haiti “all have AIDS”.