According to a New York Times report published Saturday, President Trump made multiple racist remarks in the Oval Office earlier this year about different immigrant groups, including those who come from Haiti, Nigeria, and Afghanistan. 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.
He also complained about 2,500 people who had traveled to the U.S. from Afghanistan, which he said was a terrorist haven, according to a New York Times report citing two officials who had either attended or were briefed on the meeting.
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.
John Kelly, the current White House chief of staff, was then the secretary of homeland security and asked that the room be cleared of staff, but aides could still hear the president yelling from behind the closed door.
According the sources, when Trump learned 15,000 people from Haiti had been granted United States visas, he remarked: "They all have AIDS".
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.
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He then said once 40,000 Nigerian immigrants had seen the USA, they would never "go back to their huts in Africa", the officials told the paper. If he was so bad at his job, maybe he should stop issuing visas altogether, Mr. Tillerson fired back.
The White House has vehemently denied that Trump used the words "AIDS" and "huts" in his remarks, though they did not refute The Times' overall characterization of the meeting.
"He's basically saying, 'You people of color coming to America seeking the American dream are a threat to the white people, '" Frank Sharry, executive director of the pro-immigrant organization America's Voice, told the Times.
When the president's first travel ban was blocked, the Times reported, Trump was "furious" and often took his anger out on White House officials.
The Times said its report was the product of more than three dozen interviews.