White House denies report that Trump made offensive remarks about immigrants

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The New York Times cited anonymous sources who told its reporters' they were either there when the comments were allegedly made or had been told about the remarks by others present.

More than 2,500 were from Afghanistan, a terrorist haven, the president complained.

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.

Reports of Trump's remarks come as his administration has sought to dramatically reshape the USA immigration system from almost every angle possible.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, White House Chief of Staff General John. Forty-thousand Nigerians who had entered the country would never "go back to their huts", the president said, two sources told The Times.

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.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied the reports Saturday. "It's both sad and telling The New York Times would print the lies of their anonymous "sources" anyway".

According the sources, when Trump learned 15,000 people from Haiti had been granted USA visas, he remarked: "They all have AIDS". If he was so bad at his job, maybe he should stop issuing visas altogether, Mr. Tillerson fired back.

But White House has denied it as another fake news from the respected newspaper. The president has repeatedly seized on incidents of terrorism and violence worldwide to condemn USA immigration policy and to chide politicians to "get smart" about the threat.

"He's basically saying, 'You people of color coming to America seeking the American dream are a threat to the white people, '" said Mr. Sharry, an outspoken critic of the president.

Trump won the 2016 election while promoting his long-promised wall along the southern border of the United States, a ban on Muslim immigrants and putting America first.

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