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Report: Trump Said Haitians ‘All Have Aids,’ Nigerians Live in ‘Huts’

New York Magazine | In a wide-ranging New York Times report on President Trump’s harsh immigration policy published Saturday, one anecdote stands out amid all the big-picture nativism. As the paper sets the scene, Trump was particularly incensed on a June day after being handed a list of how many foreigners had obtained visas to enter the U.S. in 2017:

Haiti had sent 15,000 people. They “all have AIDS,” he grumbled, according to one person who attended the meeting and another person who was briefed about it by a different person who was there.

Forty thousand had come from Nigeria, Mr. Trump added. Once they had seen the United States, they would never “go back to their huts” in Africa, recalled the two officials, who asked for anonymity to discuss a sensitive conversation in the Oval Office.

The Times reports that the two anonymous officials who relayed these accounts “found them so noteworthy that they related them to others at the time,” but that other officials present did not recall President Trump using the words “AIDS” or “huts.”

The White House did not dispute the thrust of the conversation in question, but but said Trump had not used such language. In an official statement, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that “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.”

But the Trump administration lacks credibility in this arena, and not just because of its constant lying. As the article notes, fear and disgust of outsiders has animated Trump for decades; unlike, say, his position on abortion, bigotry has been one of his consistent traits since he entered public life. Among many, many other examples, Trump has demanded the death penalty for the Central Park Five and failed to change his opinion even when they were proven innocent; called Mexicans rapists on the first day of his presidential campaign; defended neo-Nazis; and, of course, advanced a conspiracy theory about the first black president for years.

So even if the comments reported on Saturday go one step beyond what Trump might say in public (and it’s a small step) they certainly feel like a plausible representation of the man 63 million Americans voted for — the man whose xenophobia has made America more closed off to the world than it has been in generations.

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18 comments

  1. No surprise here. Charity usually begins at home. If Donald Trump can show so much animosity against the person from whom he took over the relay baton in the White House, should anyone be surprised about his vituperation generously dished to the four corners of the world? Donald Trump slurs Senator Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas” even as he receives and pays tribute to other Native Americans – Sioux, Metawampe, Massassoit, etc.

    Our bull in a China shop, our hurricane will run its course and run out of steam with time.

  2. While one of his fingers was castigating others, four pointed at him asking why
    he had so suddenly, forgotten that those people could say: we don`t have men
    marrying men and women marrying women in our countries, many homeless
    people roaming the streets of his capital etc and that our presidents have not been
    accused by a battalion of women of groping etc.
    He talks to much and quickly too and this is not presidential.

  3. “Trump” is not his real name. The Donald’s grandfather was a
    German immigrant named Frederick Drumpf who emigrated to the U.S. in 1885
    and became a naturalized citizen in 1892.
    This wicked racist bastard needs to be advised that he is a German immigrant just as the Nigerians are Nigerian immigrants. If these European white nationalists like Donald Trumpf don’t like to live with none whites, they are free to go back to Europe where they originally came from. The American land is not a white man’s land. It belongs to the native Americans. Whites are immigrants just as the Nigerians and Haitians. His actions clearly shows he is a Nazi and white America should also be concerned about this guy. (He has used the marriage of his daughter to a white Jewish American as a camouflage.)

    • Mr Bobjazz, you are too emotional here! Millions of Africans live happily all over Europe including Germany. Sure there are some exceptions but no European ruler will openly make such a stupid remark on immigrants like your bulldog President. Obviously you have an internal issue in the US in which you guys have to deal and live with. Linking Trump’s character with his German past is unappropriate. Take Angela Merkel for example. You just can’t compare both.

      • @ Sam, I don’t think you understand what I wrote. You naive Africans are always a problem. It’s because of people like you Trump had 9% of black votes despite his racist remarks and hate of the first black president. For your information I don’t live in the U.S. and the information was provided by a white American who had the same thoughts. Always verify your information before you express your ignorance. No white man is going to love you for that because some of them have the same thoughts about Donald Trumpf.

  4. If our brothers from the east look at us with such distaste and hate what more of the Donald labeling Haitians .Move on ladies and gentleman no news here.

    • @ Cavani. No brothers from the east look at Anglophones with hate and distaste. Stop formulating lies to promote your hate of Francophones. The Biya regime is the problem not our Francophone brothers. The majority of people who matched here in Toronto to support Agbor when this protest started against the marginalization of Anglophones by the Biya regime were Francophone Cameroonians. They stopped supporting when you secessionist hijacked the protest to promote your hate of Francophones. They still support Agbor and not the Ejagham terrorist called Ayuk Sisisku.

  5. Leonard Orji Offor

    I think it’s only right and good for Trump to think back and really know whom he is. It’s a general white belief that non white are not supposed to be American.

    • @ Leonard, Thank you sir. Educate Sam for me. Those naive Africans make me sick.

  6. Original Black Bantu

    The list of all American oil companies in Africa?
    The list of all American companies exploiting underground resources in Africa?
    The list of all American exploiting the soil of Africa (agricultural companies, etc.)?
    The Position of Afrikom bases in Africa and their activities?
    The list of all the African children and leaders assassinated by the KKK group called CIA?

    A proper quantification/evaluation and/or estimates can come later. People have already been working, with good results, on the free labour of our ancestors that constructed US and Europe and made them rich.

  7. Bobjazz’
    There is some truth to genetics. Look at his small round mouth and that of Hitler. There is a strong resemblance. He can try to hide it or his goons try to hide it, but the truth will always prevail.

  8. anonymity indeed lmao believe this a your own peril, it’s all liberal propaganda, and only emotional, one dimensional and liberal black will believe this nonsense. mind control guys, if this as true wouldn’t it be a privilege for these so called men to call out trump publicly and associate their names with anti bigotry? lol at huts and aids. besides mius the huts he aids might be true

  9. l,enemi dans la Maison

    why do you people run away from the truth? are haitians not carrying aids? Are nigerians not living in huts?if it is not true, why will there be so much petrol in Nigeria, being exploited by americans meanwhile nigerians are running to America t sweet streets or practise 419 instead of chasing the americans from oil fields and doing the job themselves. i wish Trump should revoke papers from all african in the states and deport every boody. As for me i am busy loading my AK29 in the bush to chase the yaounde junta forces of occupation out of our fatherland and build a nation that our children will not go to beg papers from Trumpf,s children

  10. @pinguiss,you always right

  11. Why are you guys always fighting each other? Because you lack the skills to adequately and convincingly communicate your thoughts, you are quick to lash out at each other. The worst among you merely try to regurgitate nonsense that you would be better off not knowing. Educate yourselves people, ignorance is still the worst disease. It is behind every confict in the world and behind the racism that is holding the white house hostage. Stop being as dumb as Trump – educate yourselves and save Cameroon – and please stop blaming Biya for your failures. I’m sick and tired of this mindless stupidity.

  12. Nigerians, build with cement. On the other hand, Americans really build with wood,
    like tiny Haiti. And much of that wood, is now deemed to be imported fraudulently,
    from small Cameroon.