The New York Times reported that Trump made some offensive comments during a June cabinet meeting inside the Oval Office. While this statement seems like nothing revelatory, his recent invectives left many people especially slack-jawed.
In a tempestuous fit, the president read through a document listing immigrants who received visas to enter the United States in 2017. He muttered that Haitians "all have AIDS" according to people who attended the meeting, wishing to remain anonymous.
It wasn't the only derogatory remark.
Trump allegedly also expressed that once Nigerians entered the United States, they would never "go back to their huts" in Africa.
@Newsweek https://t.co/sRx6lAphAE— George D. (@George D.)1514054934.0
The Times also reported on the tension escalating when Rex W. Tillerson tried to lessen the impact of the number of foreigners coming into the country.
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. But as the president continued, Mr. Kelly and Mr. Miller turned their ire on Mr. Tillerson, blaming him for the influx of foreigners and prompting the secretary of state to throw up his arms in frustration. If he was so bad at his job, maybe he should stop issuing visas altogether, Mr. Tillerson fired back.
The White House vehemently denied the words "AIDS" and "huts" were used in the context of immigrants.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied such conversations took place in the June meeting, especially Trump's defamatory, racist comments.
General Kelly, General McMaster, Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Nielsen and all other senior staff actually in the meeting deny these outrageous claims. It’s both sad and telling The New York Times would print the lies of their anonymous ‘sources’ anyway.
The Times said that Trump's comments were a visceral reaction to the primary agenda on immigration policy during his campaign.
Seizing on immigration as the cause of countless social and economic problems, Mr. Trump entered office with an agenda of symbolic but incompletely thought-out goals, the product not of rigorous policy debate but of emotionally charged personal interactions and an instinct for tapping into the nativist views of white working-class Americans.
People were shocked. But his comments were still hardly shocking.
Cmon wouldn't it if been bigger news if Trump DIDN'T make an AIDS comment about Haitian immigrants— KristapsRobinson (@KristapsRobinson)1514069401.0
@Newsweek This is so Trump, no surprise here, just running true to form. And his followers lap it all up.— I'm,Like,ReallySmartAlyce (@I'm,Like,ReallySmartAlyce)1514053306.0
Trump's AIDS comment is just another in a list of reasons why he is unfit for president. Disgraceful, disgusting an… https://t.co/8dJKm5Kuey— Mike Mitchell (@Mike Mitchell)1514066467.0
One person schooled Trump on Nigerian real-estate.
Here's a somewhat dramatic alternative to sharing Trump's way of thinking.
@Newsweek I would rather have AIDS and live in a hut than to think like this guy.— Eugene Aguirre (@Eugene Aguirre)1514054513.0
A healthy mind does not think this way.
@Newsweek WTF...? He needs an MRI... something is wrong with him 🤮— ZoeZoeZoe (@ZoeZoeZoe)1514064935.0
Truly another day at the office.
Dude, Trump's AIDS comment would've KILLED anyone else's career. This will be forgotten by next week. Guaranteed.— Natalie Catherine (@Natalie Catherine)1514063207.0
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