…and the thousands of Nigerians who visit America will never want to “go back to their huts.” This is a major problem for him, our president.
So reports the New York Times. Citing six sources, the Times tells us how Stephen Miller handed his boss a document detailing current immigration statistics and Trump went ballistic, accosting his staff for letting such scum into his country.
Late to his own meeting and waving a sheet of numbers, President Trump stormed into the Oval Office one day in June, plainly enraged.
…so many foreigners had flooded into the country since January, he vented to his national security team, that it was making a mockery of his pledge. Friends were calling to say he looked like a fool, Mr. Trump said.
According to six officials who attended or were briefed about the meeting, Mr. Trump then began reading aloud from the document, which his domestic policy adviser, Stephen Miller, had given him just before the meeting. The document listed how many immigrants had received visas to enter the United States in 2017.
More than 2,500 were from Afghanistan, a terrorist haven, the president complained.
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.
Can’t say much for Trump’s presidential style, other than that it’s direct. He will let you know what he’s thinking, that’s for certain.
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.
Tempers flared and Mr. Kelly asked that the room be cleared of staff members. But even after the door to the Oval Office was closed, aides could still hear the president berating his most senior advisers.
Sarah Sanders has called the claims false, but of course Sarah would.
If the story is correct then the senior staff are essentially colluding with a monster. Anyone with a sense of decency would have quit on the spot and gone straight to the press – because he deserves to impeached. This minute.
But if you’re tempted to think an account like this can’t possibly be true, think twice. I know what it’s like to be sucked into the tragic/awesome vortex of someone with a serious mental illness, specifically Narcissistic Personality Disorder. These are dangerously unstable people who need to be rescued on a daily basis.
If you love your father, as I did, then you do whatever is necessary, and you cover for him constantly. You lie like a rug. The thought of him being exposed is too great to bear. Regardless of whether this particular account is true, or the details correct, I can tell you that plenty of people have been rescuing Donald on a daily basis. The specific facts and dates here can probably be shuffled for others without the essential story being much different.
It will however be interesting to see what Tillerson et. al. will try to say when asked about this. At some point, we’ve all just had enough.