(Washington, DC) — The White House is denying a report that President Trump used demeaning language about immigrants in a meeting with top administration officials.
The “New York Times” wrote that in a June meeting, Trump said that people coming to America from Haiti “all have AIDS,” and that Nigerian immigrants would never, quote , “go back to their huts.”
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement denying Trump made the comments and blasting the newspaper. She said others in the meeting, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and then Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly all deny the “outrageous claims.”
She accused the “New York Times” of printing lies from anonymous sources.
The Washington Post reports, Nigerian American Opal Tometi said Trump’s past comments about immigration and black people make the Times report believable. Tometi, executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, told the Fix via email:
“Unfortunately, it is all too believable that this is how our president speaks behind closed doors because his very public policies have been driven by racism and hatred since Day 1. From his xenophobic Muslim ban to his cruel and immoral treatment of immigrant dreamers, this merely adds crass words to the racist policies this administration has been pushing for a year.
“President Trump is mentally incapable of imagining the humanity of anyone who looks different from him or hails from a different nation,” Tometi added. “This is perhaps nowhere more true than of his treatment of black immigrants