"Pocahontas" Not a Racial Slur, Says Prominent White Expert

"Pocahontas" Not a Racial Slur, Says Prominent White Expert

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. "Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago".

Putting a hand on the shoulder of one of the two veterans, he said: "But you know what, I like you because you are special".

Trump, during the meeting with three ageing Navajo "code talkers" who helped keep allied operations secret during World War II, made a decision to throw etiquette out of the window and attacked a Democratic Party rival - Elizabeth Warren - by calling her Pocahontas.

U.S. President Donald Trump has mocked a political rival, calling her Pocahontas.

Despite the controversy surrounding her heritage, Warren told CNN she considered Trump's name-calling a "racial slur" and she "really couldn't believe" the comment.

On Monday, several Navajo Code Talkers were invited to the White House for a recognition ceremony tied to Native American Heritage Month.

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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.

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

Two Second World War Navajo "code talkers" stood at the podium, with a third seated in a wheelchair as Mr Trump made the remarks, which were greeted with awkward silence.

Naturally, the majority of the questions during Monday's White House Press briefing were about Trump's use of "Pocahantas", instead of tax reform or other pressing issues.

Warren responded to Trump on MSNBC after the event, saying that it was "deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States can not even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur".

HUCKABEE SANDERS: I think that is a ridiculous response. "Senator Warren was offensive when she lied about something to advance her career".

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