Navajo Nation president: Yes, Trump quip is an ethnic slur

During remarks praising their service, he said: "You were here long before any of us were here".

"I just want to thank you because you're very, very special people", Trump said to the men who were recruited into the U.S. Marine Corps to transmit tactics and vital information in a language that was then incomprehensible to America's World War II enemies.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is leveraging President Donald Trump's insults against her heritage into a fundraising campaign. "They call her Pocahontas", he continued. "They call her Pocahontas". World War II Navajo Code Talker and Iwo Jima survivor Thomas Begay is one of the last surviving code talkers.

Tara Houska, a Native American activist, told The Independent Mr Trump's words were "appalling and disgusting".

US President Donald Trump has again landed himself in hot water after referring to a member of Congress as Pocahontas during a White House event for Navajo war veterans.

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.

Critics pointed out Mr Trump's outburst was even more egregious as it was made in front of a portrait of Andrew Jackson, the seventh USA president who forced hundreds of thousands of indigenous Americans from their land in the 1830s. "I like you. Because you are special".

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Naturally, the majority of the questions during Monday's White House Press briefing were about Trump's use of "Pocahantas", instead of tax reform or other pressing issues.

"I feel that the way it was used, yes, it was [a racial slur]", Begaye told CNN.

"I think what most people find offensive is Sen".

Trump's nickname references the false claim to Native American ancestry Warren staked during her academic career.

"It is deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States can not even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without throwing out a racial slur".

Look, is it amusing that Warren once claimed Native American heritage?

  • Adam Floyd