White House denies Trump made slur with 'Pocahontas' remark

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

"You were here long before any of us were here", Trump said to the code talkers beside him. "But at what should have been a solemn ceremony to honor Native veterans, Donald Trump took low even lower".

Begaye said Trump's remark was "uncalled for".

President Trump used the name against Senator Elizabeth Warren during an event to recognise Native Americans as war heroes.

Warren's claims of Native-American heritage originated during her Senate campaign.

Native American leaders fired back at President Donald Trump's reference to Sen.

"The irony of an ABC reporter (whose parent company Disney has profited almost half a billion dollars on the movie "Pocahontas") inferring that the name is "offensive" is truly staggering to me", Eric Trump's tweet reads.

Trump held the ceremony hosting the Navajo code talkers in the Oval Office, where a large portrait of Jackson was hung, who in 1830, signed the Indian Removal Act, which led to the forced removal, relocation and deaths of thousands of Native Americans.

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He then adds: "Politicizing these genuine American heroes is an insult to their sacrifice".

He was at the time welcoming Native Americans to the White House yesterday, when he targeted Congresswoman Elizabeth Warren, one of his political foes.

"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. They call her Pocahontas".

When asked to justify the "offensive" statement at the press conference that followed the event on Monday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders redirected, stating, "I think what people find offensive is Senator Warren lying about her heritage to further her career".

Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the Navajo Code Talkers, whose bravery, skill & tenacity helped secure our decisive victory over tyranny & oppression during WWII. He also turned to a nickname he's often deployed for Democratic Sen.

This morning, Begaye appeared on cable news to discuss Trump's comments and how they were racially offensive.

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