Once officials were able to reach the president, he agreed to delete it, they said.
"I've not seen that video or that tweet, but obviously neither the president, his administration nor I would do anything to be supportive of white supremacy or anything that would support discrimination of any kind", said Mr. Azar.
Turns-of-phrase like "baked in the cake" and "shocking, but unsurprising" have become cliché in the Trump era, but a Monday CNN report presented a damning overview of President Donald Trump's conduct on the world stage, particularly as it relates to his conversations with foreign leaders.
During the 2016 campaign, it took him months to disavow David Duke, leader of the Ku Klux Klan - at one point professing he had no idea who he was.
Speaking at the White House on Monday, McEnany said that her boss had never received a briefing on the issue in the first place.
Sources told CNN that the President "regularly bullied and demeaned the leaders of America's principal allies" such as UK Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "From negotiating the phase one China deal and the USMCA to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies contributing more and defeating Isis, President Trump has shown his ability to advance America's strategic interests".
A source told the outlet that Trump subjected French President Emmanuel Macron to lectures and verbal "whippings" on issues like trade, immigration, and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Several other sources confirmed the detail to CNN as well.
But the president has previously boasted that he's eagle eyed when it comes to his social media posts and endorsements.
The US president "gives away the advantage that was hard won in the Cold War" and has "given Russian Federation a lifeline", a high-level administration official told CNN.
Meanwhile, private calls between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump sometimes had the tone of "two guys in a steam bath", according to the report.
"It is inexcusable, the failed Russian Federation reporting of The New York Times", McEnany said before leaving the briefing room.
More broadly, Trump has little knowledge of issues related to Syria and the Middle East and was unprepared to discuss critical policy issues with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
"He's toughest [in the phone calls] with those he looks at as weaklings and weakest with the ones he ought to be tough with", a source told CNN. Trump said that United States intelligence did not inform him about the reports before because they had thought them to be not credible enough.
In 2018, the staffs of both papers shared the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.
Officials said that while the president gets lots of content to share from aides and allies, the "white power" incident is a 'lesson to all of us in the White House to be more aware of what's out there'.