Sunday, December 24, 2017
Trump reportedly said Haitians 'all have AIDS' and Nigerians live in 'huts' during outburst on immigration
Michelle Mark for the Business Insider reports that President Donald Trump reportedly grew enraged at a June 2017meeting over the number of visas awarded to travelers from certain countries, grumbling that 15,000 Haitians who entered the United States "all have AIDS" and that the 40,000 Nigerian visitors would never "go back to their huts" in Africa.
Trump also complained about 2,500 people who had traveled to the US 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 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.
In November, the Trump administration announced the end of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, many who had fled conditions after the 2010 earthquake that left Haiti in shambles.