The report is based on interviews with more than 36 sources, who claim that the president was infuriated during a meeting in June where he received USA immigration statistics. 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. But the Times story notes that two anonymous officials who served as sources for the article deemed the comments so noteworthy at the time that they told others.
The explosive and disparaging remarks about immigrants attributed to the president were sourced to a pair of unnamed officials, one who the Times said was present in the meeting, and another who was briefed about the comments by a second attendee. But even after the door to the Oval Office was closed, aides could still hear the president berating his most senior advisers.
He then reportedly said 40,000 had come from Nigeria and would never "go back to their huts" once they had seen America.
According the sources, when Trump learned 15,000 people from Haiti had been granted United States visas, he remarked: "They all have AIDS".
Forty thousand of such were Nigerians.
Tempers flared and Mr. Kelly asked that the room be cleared of staff members.
Trump's effort to change USA immigration policy has been a disorderly and sometimes dysfunctional process, the Times story noted, but even as he has been frustrated by the limits on presidential power, his plans have gained increasing momentum as the White House became more disciplined.
The White House swiftly responded to the publication yesterday, saying Trump had not used such language although it did not dispute the thrust of the conversation in question.
The White House issued a swift denial of the comments on Saturday, calling the claims made by the Times "outrageous".