Media outrage is brewing after President Trump on Monday referred to Senator Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas” at an event honoring Native American “code talkers” who served in World War II.
"You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump said, standing beneath a portrait of former President Andrew Jackson. “Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.” Turning to the veterans, Trump said "but do you know what? I like you."
Trump at event honoring Native American code talkers: "We have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas." pic.twitter.com/ajwUxdweDu— Ryan Saavedra ???????? (@RealSaavedra) November 27, 2017
The president made the remark in the Oval Office standing beside three Navajos who helped the U.S. Marine Corps develop a secret code during the Second World War. The three “code talkers” reportedly did not react to Trump’s remark.
In the past Trump has repeatedly used the nickname to refer to Warren, poking fun at her claim of Native American heritage. The president also referred to White House chief of staff John Kelly as “chief.”
“He’s the general and the chief,” Trump said during the event. "I said, how good were these code talkers? He said, ‘sir, you have no idea. You have no idea how great they were'."