Trump calls Sen. Warren 'Pocahontas' at event honoring Native American vets

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Families of Navajo war veterans say they're dumbfounded that President Donald Trump took a political jab at a US senator at an event honoring Navajo Code Talkers.

Q: She said that it was a racial slur.

U.S. President Donald Trump has mocked a political rival, calling her Pocahontas. "Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career", she said.

"The President certainly (has) an extreme amount of value and respect for these individuals, which is why he spent time. honoring them today", she continued.

"You're very, very special people", Trump told the veterans at the White House event.

As Sanders left the briefing room, a reporter shouted why Trump's remark took place under a portrait of former president Andrew Jackson, who was notorious for the forced removal of Native Americans but Sanders did not respond.

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It wasn't the first time Trump has referred to the first female MA senator as "Pocahontas".

During remarks praising their service, he said: "You were here long before any of us were here". "You were here long before any of us were here". Why did he feel the need to say something that is offensive to many people while honoring the Navajo code talkers?

Warren fired back at Trump's dig on MSNBC, saying, "It is deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States can not make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without throwing out a racial slur". Navajo Nation Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty on Monday called Trump's comment "deeply offensive and risky".

The statement goes on to encourage the focus to remain on the Code Talkers and their contributions to defending the United States. "It hadn't worked in the past, it is not gonna work in the future".

Genealogist Chris Child of the New England Historic Society looked into Warren's background and found a document stating that she has a great-great-great-grandmother who is Native American, which would make her 1/32 Cherokee, NPR reported. "The prejudice that Native American people face is an unfortunate historical legacy", Begaye said.

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