White House denies report that Trump made offensive remarks about immigrants

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Reacting to a document that said 15,000 Haitians had received visas to the U.S.in 2017, Trump grumbled, "They all have AIDS".

The report was published on Saturday and cited anonymous sources who told The Times reporters' they were either there or had been told about the remarks by others who were there.

The Times report said Kelly and Tillerson tried to respond by saying numerous visas were for short-term travelers, but that as Trump continued, Kelly and Miller "turned their ire" against Tillerson, who threw his arms up and retorted that perhaps he should stop issuing visas altogether.

The president complained about the more than 2,500 who came from Afghanistan, which the president reportedly described as a terrorist haven.

When asked about why he was restricting people from Haiti, he described them as being infested with AIDS. The 40,000 Nigerians who had obtained visas would never "go back to their huts" in Africa, he fumed, according to the two officials-one who was at the meeting and another who heard about the comments from another person in attendance.




Mr. Trump has pushed controversial immigration policies since becoming American president in January.

While Donald Trump has already made major moves to enact his strict anti-immigrant agenda, the president is reportedly deeply frustrated that he hasn't been able to do more to close America's borders to outsiders, and to expel those he feels have overstayed their welcome. Kelly and Miller blamed Tillerson "for the influx of foreigners", the Times wrote.

But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders shot down those claims Saturday.

According to the Telegraph of London, the White House denied to the New York Times that Mr Trump used the words "AIDS" or "huts" in reference to immigrants, calling the suggestions "lies based on anonymous sources".

Mr Trump has tried to crack down on immigration into the U.S., citing terrorism fears, but has been stymied by the courts. The explosive and disparaging remarks about immigrants attributed to the president were sourced to a pair of unnamed officials, one who the Times said was present in the meeting, and another who was briefed about the comments by a second attendee.

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