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White House denies report that president said Haitian immigrants 'all have AIDS'

24 December 2017

President Donald Trump reportedly said 15,000 Haitians who received USA visas "all have AIDS" and 40,000 Nigerians would never "go back to their huts" after seeing the US.

Mr Trump was said to have made the comments during the meeting with senior staff in June, at which he is said to have complained too many were receiving visas.

Mr Trump has tried to crack down on immigration into the U.S., citing terrorism fears, but has been stymied by the courts.

The White House lashed out at The Times for the report.

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President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive action in the Oval Office at the White House, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 in Washington.

The denial came in response to explosive reporting from the New York Times, which wrote that, according to two unnamed officials, Trump said during a meeting in June that people coming from Haiti "all have AIDS", that recent Nigerian immigrants would never "go back to their huts" in Africa and that Afghanistan is a terrorist haven. Several participants in the meeting told Times reporters that they did not recall the president using those words and did not think he had, but the two officials who described the comments found them so noteworthy that they related them to others at the time.

Trump's effort to change USA immigration policy has been a disorderly and sometimes dysfunctional process, the Times story noted, but even as he has been frustrated by the limits on presidential power, his plans have gained increasing momentum as the White House became more disciplined.

Although some administration officials acknowledged that the meeting took place, they denied that the president used "AIDS" and "huts" at the meeting.

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The White House has reportedly confirmed the meeting, but denied that Trump used the words "AIDS" or "huts" in referring to immigrants.

She said: "General Kelly, General McMaster, Secretary Tillerson, and all other senior staff actually in the meeting deny these outrageous claims".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement blasting the paper and denying that Trump had made the comments. If he was so bad at his job, maybe he should stop issuing visas altogether, Mr. Tillerson fired back.

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White House denies report that president said Haitian immigrants 'all have AIDS'