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

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

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

White House Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, responding to questions from reporters Monday, said she didn't believe calling Warren "Pocahontas" was a slur.

During remarks praising their service, he said: "You were here long before any of us were here".

"I just want to thank you because you're very, very special people".

The president has repeatedly mocked the MA senator for claims she made about being part Native American.

President Trump's use of the name "Pocahontas" to refer to Massachusetts Sen. After telling CNN's New Day that Trump's use of "Pocahontas" was obviously a "racial slur", Begaye appeared on MSNBC's Velshi and Ruhle, and once again asserted that Trump had used prejudicial language. She was ultimately unable to prove she was Native American.

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Trump, who has identified Warren as "Pocahontas" before, made the remark during a ceremony Monday recognizing Native American code talkers who served during World War II. "I like you. Because you are special".

President makes Pocahontas joke during event to salute World War II code talkers.

"You were here long before any of us were here", said Trump, addressing the veterans from a podium placed in front of a portrait of former United States president Andrew Jackson.

And as if all this weren't insult enough, Oglala Lakota journalist and Native Sun News Today publisher Tim Giago cited Trump's tone of voice.

"I think what most people find offensive is Senator Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career".

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At times, the white expert seemed exasperated at having to explain to Native Americans what was a racial slur and what was not.

Trump has often used the moniker to describe Warren, who has spoken about her mother's Native American ancestry.

She also defended the decision to honor the Navajo veterans near a portrait of Andrew Jackson, who is widely reviled by Native Americans.

Warren herself additionally responded to Trump's dig, telling MSNBC, "It was deeply unfortunate that the President of the United States can not even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without throwing out a racial slur".

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