The New York Times reports:
According to six officials who attended or were briefed about the meeting, Mr. Trump then began reading aloud from the document, which his domestic policy adviser, Stephen Miller, had given him just before the meeting. The document listed how many immigrants had received visas to enter the United States in 2017.
More than 2,500 were from Afghanistan, a terrorist haven, the president complained. Haiti had sent 15,000 people. They “all have AIDS,” he grumbled, according to one person who attended the meeting and another person who was briefed about it by a different person who was there.
Forty thousand had come from Nigeria, Mr. Trump added. Once they had seen the United States, they would never “go back to their huts” in Africa, recalled the two officials, who asked for anonymity to discuss a sensitive conversation in the Oval Office.
The White House strongly pushed back on a report that President Donald Trump spoke about immigrants in a dismissive and demeaning fashion during a June meeting with top administration officials.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement blasting the paper and denying that Trump had made the comments.
“General Kelly, General McMaster, Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Nielsen, and all other senior staff actually in the meeting deny these outrageous claims and it’s both sad and telling the New York Times would print the lies of their anonymous ‘sources’ anyway,” Sanders said.
Of course @realDonaldTrump said Haitians have AIDS. That’s exactly something he would say. Why even bother refuting it? Republicans don’t care what he does. If he killed someone on 5th Avenue, Republicans would say the person had it coming. They all belong in jail.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) December 23, 2017
Think back to a year and a half ago. Imagine any President saying all Haitians have AIDS. Imagine not being surprised.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 23, 2017
I look forward to Sarah Sanders explaining how Trump was simply expressing concern over the AIDS problem in Haiti while looking at reporters like they're the ones who are awful racists.
— Geraldine (@everywhereist) December 23, 2017
Donald Trump's guide to diversity:
Haitians: Have AIDS
Nigerians: Live in huts
American Indians: Pocahontas
Black Americans: Disrespectful ingrates
Mexicans: Criminals and rapists
Muslims: Evil terrorists
Women: Treat them like shit
White supremacists: Very fine people
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) December 23, 2017
Because of Trump this is what has trended this year…
– White Supremacist
– Nasty Woman
– NFL Sons Of Bitches
– Failed 3 Times
– Lowest Approval Rating Ever
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) December 23, 2017