'They never return to their huts' - Trump mocks Nigerians in US

24 December, 2017, 01:55 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • 'They never return to their huts' - Trump mocks Nigerians in US

The report is based on interviews with more than 36 sources, who claim that the president was infuriated during a meeting in June where he received USA immigration statistics. 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.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders unsurprisingly denied The New York Times report, saying Trump never uttered those racist phrases, but she did not challenge that the meeting took place.

The newspaper, in the report on Trump's harsh immigration policy, described how he denigrated Nigerians at a meeting with his officials at a meeting in June.

The report was leaked by someone who was at the meeting and confirmed by others who were briefed on the meeting.

New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman tweeted that right before the story written by Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis was set to publish the White House "pushed out cabinet members to deny the details of POTUS remarks".


"General Kelly, General McMaster, Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Nielsen, and all other ranking staff very the gathering deny these absurd cases and it's both tragic and telling the New York Times would print the lies of their unknown "sources" in any case", Sanders said.

As tensions rose between Mr Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the room was cleared - but those kicked out could reportedly still hear Mr Trump berating senior advisers.

And the 40,000 from Nigeria would find the U.S. so appealing, they would never "go back to their huts" in Africa, the president said, according to the paper, which cited officials who were at the meeting or learned about it shortly afterward. 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 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.

Trump was said to be angered by the rising number of immigrants in the U.S. despite his travel bans.

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