White House Denies Report That Trump Said Haitian Immigrants 'All Have AIDS'

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Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser, and Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State, were all in the meeting and denied Mr Trump used the reported words.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied the reports Saturday morning, though she didn't deny how the Times described the the overall goal of the meeting.

According the sources, when Trump learned 15,000 people from Haiti had been granted U.S. visas, he remarked: "They all have AIDS". But as the president continued, Mr. Kelly and Mr. Miller turned their ire on Mr. Tillerson, blaming him for the influx of foreigners and prompting the secretary of state to throw up his arms in frustration.

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

In a fit of anger during a June cabinet meeting in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump said Haitians entering the U.S.

The Times said its report came from more than three dozen interviews, but at the same time, noted that several other people at the meeting told them they did not recall Trump using the words.

The Times report said Trump has long held contempt for immigrants, which is likely a surprise to few. But the Times story notes that two anonymous officials who served as sources for the article deemed the comments so noteworthy at the time that they told others.

"He's basically saying, 'You people of color coming to America seeking the American dream are a threat to the white people, '" said Mr. Sharry, an outspoken critic of the president.

But White House has denied it as another fake news from the respected newspaper. "He's come into office with an aggressive strategy of trying to reverse the demographic changes underway in America".

The month before, when a man who killed eight people in Manhattan was revealed to be originally from Uzbekistan, Trump bemoaned the air of complacency around immigration reform, calling current laws "a joke", the Times reports.

Those same two sources were the only ones who said they remembered the racist "huts" remark.