The title of a Saturday New York Times piece, by Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis, is “Stoking Fears, Trump Defied Bureaucracy to Advance Immigration Agenda.” It is emblematic of the Times’s self-appointed mission to unseat the American president via weakly sourced innuendo and character assassination.
The last such piece, which ran two Sundays ago, accused Donald Trump of watching eight hours of TV a day. This one is intended to reinforce Times readers’ fear and anger over the president’s putative xenophobia and racism.
Like the previous article, this one packs as many insults into 4,400 words as Barnum & Bailey packed clowns into a tiny car. Hence, the implications of tardiness and hotheadedness in the opening sentence:
Late to his own meeting and waving a sheet of numbers, President Trump stormed into the Oval Office one day in June, plainly enraged.
Then comes the mud “meat” of the article:
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. [Emphases added]