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24 December 2017, 12:48 | Tara Lloyd
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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 June, Trump was quoted in the report to have said that Nigerians refused to "go back to their huts" after experiencing America.
Other top administration officials who attended the June meeting, such as then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, attempted to explain to Trump that numerous visa holders were merely traveling to the USA for short visits before returning to their home countries.
The White House insisted to The Times that the president did not use the words "AIDS" or "huts" in the meeting. "It's both sad and telling The New York Times would print the lies of their anonymous "sources" anyway".
An explosive report from The New York Times seemed to confirm the worst fears of many about Donald Trump - that he's a xenophobic racist with a deep resentments against those of African origin. The unstable and deriding comments about migrants ascribed to the president were sourced to a couple of anonymous authorities, one who the Times said was available in the gathering, and another who was informed about the remarks by a moment participant.
The White House issued a swift denial of the comments on Saturday, calling the claims made by the Times "outrageous".
Mr Trump has tried to crack down on immigration into the USA, citing terrorism fears, but has been stymied by the courts.
Trump was said to be angered by the rising number of immigrants in the United States despite his travel bans.
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