In a scathing New York Times report released on Saturday (23 December), President Donald Trump allegedly said in a meeting that Haitian immigrants ‘all have AIDS’.
The piece details Trump’s immigration agenda and failing on his promises.
In a meeting going over immigrants who obtained US visas in 2017, Trump reportedly made his comment.
15,000 Haitians received visas this year and that’s when he made the comment, according to a person in the meeting. Another claimed the same thing, as told by a different person there.
The two people also said the president made disparaging comments about Nigerians. According to these officials, Trump claimed Nigerians would ‘never go back to their huts’ once they saw the United States.
‘Sad and telling’
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders vehemently denied these claims.
‘General Kelly, General McMaster, Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Nielsen and all other senior staff actually in the meeting deny these outrageous claims,’ she said in a statement to the Times.
Kelly is the White House Chief of Staff and McMaster is the national security adviser. Meanwhile, Tillerson and Nielsen are secretaries of state and homeland security, respectively.
Sanders also added: ‘It’s both sad and telling The New York Times would print the lies of their anonymous ‘sources’ anyway.’