The New York Times has reported that during a cabinet meeting in June Donald Trump remarked that people coming from Haiti "all have AIDS," that recent Nigerian immigrants would never "go back to their huts" in Africa and added for good measure that Afghanistan is a terrorist haven, according to two unnamed officials.
The report said the racist comments were made by Trump during an Oval Office meeting during the summer in the presence of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and senior other officials.
The Times said it was Trump adviser Stephen Miller who set off Trump's tirade when he provided him with a list of how many immigrants received visas to enter the United States in 2017.
The White House immediately went into damage control denying the report's assertions with press secretary Sarah Sanders issuing 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,"
The report claims that Kelly and Tillerson tried to respond by saying many of the visas were for short-term travelers, but that as Trump undeterred.
Kelly and Miller then "turned their ire" against Tillerson, who supposedly threw his arms up and retorted that perhaps he should stop issuing visas altogether.
The explosive and disparaging remarks about immigrants attributed to Trump, product of more than three dozen interviews, was sourced to a pair of unnamed officials, one who the Times said was present in the meeting, and another who was briefed about the comments by a second attendee.