Trump makes 'Pocahontas' joke as ceremony honouring Native American veterans

"As Native Americans, we are proud people who have taken care of this land long before there was the United States of America and we will continue to fight for this Nation". "Although, we have a representative in Congress who has been here a long time, longer than you, they call her 'Pocahontas'".

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".

The Navajo code talkers used their native language to outwit USA enemies and exchange classified military information throughout both World Wars.

They were among 29 young volunteers from the Navajo tribe who joined the Marines in 1942 and created a secret code for the military using the Navajo language as a code.

Mr Trump started referring to Ms Warren as "Pocahontas" during the 2016 presidential election campaign over the Senator's claims she has Native American heritage.

"Every time that Donald Trump calls me "Pocahontas"-and the media goes insane over it-he's happy that people are not focused on how he's trying to cut taxes for billionaires and giant corporations", the senator added in the email".

Warren responded to the president, calling the comments a "racial slur".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders used that as a defense of Trump's comment at the Monday press briefing.

Pocahontas was a Powhatan Native American woman, born around 1595, known for her involvement with English colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia.

Navajo Nation Council delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty cited the event as the "latest example of systemic, deep-seated ignorance" about Native Americans. Along the way, thousands died of cold, disease or hunger.

Q: At the event that the president just did with the Navajo code talkers, he referred to Pocahontas being in the Senate. And he praised America's unity and diversity.

"I think what most people find offensive is Senator Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career". When anchor Alisyn Camerota asked whether it amounted to an ethnic slur, he said yes.

Taking to Twitter, Mr Eisen said: "The American people will not tolerate a President that insults those who risked their lives for all of us, nor a political party that enables it".