What White House Sources Are Saying About Trump’s Mood Since His ‘Sh*thole’ Comments

President Donald Trump tried to deny on Twitter Friday morning that he referred to Haiti, El Salvador and several African nations as “shithole countries” despite several reports and confirmation by Senators who were present at the meeting when the remarks were made.

But according to a report from NBC, Trump was “working the phones” gauging the reaction from his allies and his base to the remarks he later denied making.

Several sources and Senator Dick Durbin said that Trump not only called those countries a “shithole,” but when it came to Haiti, he asked, “Why do we need more Haitians?” He then suggested to “take them out” of the immigration bill.

And while a White House spokesman did not deny that Trump made the racially charged comments, Trump tweeted that he never said what he had been accused of and would have to start recording meetings.

“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country,” Trump tweeted. “Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!”

Notice how Trump never addressed whether or not he said “shithole” related the countries being discussed.

In fact, according to two sources speaking to NBC, Trump spent time calling friends and allies to see what they thought of his comments.

One of the sources said Trump seemed to be seeking reassurance regarding his remarks and that his mood after the coverage of the remarks was “belligerent.” Another said Trump was curious about how the comments might resonate with his base.

While we know that the neo-Nazis over at the Daily Stormer were enthused by the reports of Trump’s racist comments, those he spoke to must not have been so encouraged; hence Trump’s denials.