USA: Trump calls US senator ‘Pocahontas’ at event celebrating Navajo WWII veterans

US President Donald Trump derisively called Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren «Pocahontas,» during a White House ceremony honouring Navajo veterans of the Second World War, in Washington D.C., Monday. Speaking to the three Navajo guests in the Oval Office, Trump said, «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... Еще ago. They call her Pocahontas.» Before praising the Navajo code talkers for their contribution to the war, the president added: «But you know what? I like you. Because you are special. You are special people, you are really incredible people.» During the White House press briefing hours later, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump after journalists confronted her about the incident, to which she replied, «"It was not the President's intent.» In 2012 it emerged that, during her academic career, Warren identified herself as a Native American, claiming to have Cherokee ancestry. This was not the first instance president Trump has mocked Warren over the matter.

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