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Trump insults Native Americans at event to honor group

Trump insults Native Americans at event to honor group

He frequently called her that throughout his presidential campaign and claimed that she was lying about her genealogy, saying it was "racist" and that she should be fact-checked.

"You were here long before any of us were here - although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago".

Trump, while addressing one member of the Navajo group, said: "I just want to thank you because you are very, very special people. They call her [Elizabeth Warren] 'Pocahontas, '" he said.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump's comments at a press conference later in the day, stating the term "Pocahontas" is not a racial slur and the president did not intended it to be used in that way. She needs to work harder on her husband's penchant for name calling including "dummy", "clown", "low-class slob", "loser", "liar", "crooked Hillary", "crazy Bernie", "little Marco", "Pocahontas", and many more disparaging names for his critics.

The seventh president is a source of contention for Native Americans.

Begaye said insults directed at Trump's Democratic opponents had no place at a White House event honoring heroes of World War II.

"Pocahontas is a real person", he continued. "You were here long before any of us were here", Trump said to the code talkers beside him.

"I've seen men and women of all ages break down in tears in honor and in awe of meeting them in person and they subsequently share their personal or family stories about how the Code Talkers affected their lives".

President Donald Trump, right, meets with Navajo Code Talkers Peter MacDonald, center, and Thomas Begay, left, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.

"I feel that the way it was used, yes, it was [a racial slur]", Begaye told CNN.

Trump's nickname references the false claim to Native American ancestry Warren staked during her academic career.

In 2012, she was under scrutiny for her alleged Native American heritage as she listed herself as a minority in the directory of law professors, the Boston Globe reports.