Warren: Trump's 'racial slur' won't shut me up

President Donald Trump, right, speaks about Sen. Elizabeth Warren during a meeting with Navajo Code Talkers including, from left, Fleming Begaye Sr., Thomas Begay, and Peter MacDonald, at the White House, Nov. 27, 2017 (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Families of Navajo war veterans say they're dumbfounded that President Donald Trump took a political jab at a U.S. senator at an event honoring Navajo Code Talkers.

Posted: Nov. 28, 2017 2:21 PM

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's "Pocahontas" political jab at an event honoring Navajo Code Talkers (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren says President Donald Trump's repeated references to her as "Pocahontas" will not shut her up.

On Monday, Trump again used his nickname for the Democratic senator while honoring Navajo war veterans at the White House.

Warren said Tuesday that all Trump "had to do was make it through the ceremony. But that wasn't possible for Donald Trump. He had to throw in a racial slur."

Warren says Trump "seems to think that that's somehow going to shut me up." She says: "He's wrong."

Trump began using the nickname to mock Warren for her claims about being part Native American. Warren says her parents told her of the Native American connection and she listed herself with that heritage in law school directories to meet others with similar backgrounds.


9:55 a.m.

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona is tweeting that President Donald Trump's "politicizing" of a ceremony honoring Native American veterans was "an insult to their sacrifice."

McCain doesn't cite the president by name in his tweet Tuesday. He says the nation owes a debt of gratitude to the Navajo Code Talkers for helping secure victory over tyranny and oppression during World War II.

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

During a White House event Monday, Trump revived past mocking comments he's made about Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren for claims she made about being part Native American.

Trump said: "We have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas. But you know what, I like you."


1:05 a.m.

Families of Navajo war veterans say they're dumbfounded that President Donald Trump took a political jab at a U.S. senator at an event honoring Navajo Code Talkers.

Trump praised the Code Talkers at the White House on Monday. He also turned to a nickname he's often deployed for Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts: Pocahontas.

Relatives of the Code Talkers say the comment was inappropriate and distracted from the men's work that helped the U.S. win World War II.

Pocahontas is a well-known historical figure who bridged her own Pamunkey Tribe in present-day Virginia with the British in the 1600s.

The largest organization representing American Indians says Trump wrongly turned the name into a derogatory term.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the president didn't intend it as a racial slur.

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