Stoking Fears, Trump Defied Bureaucracy to Advance Immigration Agenda

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Trump Said Haitians Have AIDS, Nigerians Live In Huts in Oval Office Meeting, New York Times Reports

24 December, 2017

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.

In an Oval Office meeting in July, the sources said, Trump read from a list in his hand during a discussion about immigrants who had been granted to enter the country.

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

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

The White House insisted to The Times that the president did not use the words "AIDS" or "huts" in the meeting.

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As the meeting continued, John F. Kelly, then the secretary of homeland security, and Rex W. Tillerson, the secretary of state, tried to interject, explaining that many were short-term travelers making one-time visits.

He bemoaned the 15,000 who came from Haiti, saying that they "all have AIDS".

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

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, denied the claims with volition on Saturday. In a shocking story Saturday, The New York Times cited two sources who described in explicit terms how Trump has raged against his advisers for not doing more to translate his nativist politics into policy.

"General Kelly, General McMaster, Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Nielsen, and all other ranking staff very the gathering deny these absurd cases and it's both tragic and telling the New York Times would print the lies of their unknown "sources" in any case", Sanders said.

Trump was said to be angered by the rising number of immigrants in the United States despite his travel bans. The president, six officials who attended or were briefed about the meeting told The Times, had a document listing how many immigrants had received visas to enter the 2017.

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