On Saturday, The New York Times released a report detailing comments President Donald Trump allegedly made toward Haitians and Nigerians.
"Late to his own meeting and waving a sheet of numbers, President Trump stormed into the Oval Office one day in June, plainly enraged", the report begins. "Two officials who described the comments found them so noteworthy", the Times advised, however, "that they related them to others at the time". The document reportedly showed how many immigrants had been issued visas to the U.S.in the first half of 2017.
He also complained about 2,500 people who had traveled to the USA 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.
The White House has reportedly confirmed the meeting, but denied that Trump used the words "AIDS" or "huts" in referring to immigrants.
"It's both sad and telling The New York Times would print the lies of their anonymous "sources" anyway", she added.
According to the New York Times, Mr Trump fumed to his national security team at the meeting that the number of immigrants arriving was undermining his campaign pledge to erect strong borders.
According the sources, when Trump learned 15,000 people from Haiti had been granted USA visas, he remarked: "They all have AIDS".
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As the meeting continued, John F. Kelly, then the secretary of homeland security, and Rex W. Tillerson, the secretary of state, tried to interject, explaining that many were short-term travelers making one-time visits.
The president lamented that more than 2,500 recipients were from Afghanistan, expressing concerns about terrorism.
The Times reported that Tillerson replied angrily that "if he was so bad at his job, maybe he should stop issuing visas altogether".
Trump was said to be angered by the rising number of immigrants in the USA despite his travel bans. "He's come into office with an aggressive strategy of trying to reverse the demographic changes underway in America".
The White House denied the former reality TV star made the controversial remarks.
"This is bullshit", Trump said, according to the Times.