Trump slams Nigerians for not returning to their 'huts' after seeing America

Michele Moreno
December 24, 2017

The White House unequivocally pushed back on a report that President Donald Trump talked about workers in a pretentious and belittling design amid a June meeting with top organization authorities. The 40,000 who came from Nigeria, Trump said, would never "go back to their huts" after seeing the United States.

Two sources told the Times that in June, during a meeting covering immigration, Trump said that Haitian immigrants "all have AIDS".

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

"It's both sad and telling The New York Times would print the lies of their anonymous "sources" anyway", she added.

The report comes on the heels of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling Friday that Trump's travel ban, the third he has proposed since becoming president, is illegal.

Reports of Trump's remarks come as his administration has sought to dramatically reshape the United States immigration system from almost every angle possible.

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. Tillerson responded by throwing up his arms in frustration and arguing that if he was so bad at his job, maybe he should stop issuing visas altogether, according to The Times.

The Times said its report was the product of more than three dozen interviews.

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 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 president has repeatedly seized on incidents of terrorism and violence worldwide to condemn US immigration policy and to chide politicians to "get smart" about the threat.

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