"You were here long before any of us were here", Trump told the men as he stood beneath a portrait of former President Andrew Jackson; Politico is among the outlets pointing out that Jackson was the one who signed the Indian Removal Act.
Pocahontas was a historical figure from the 17th Century and using her name in an intentionally disparaging way insults native peoples and degrades their cultures. During the 2012 election, then-Sen.
The White House, meanwhile, was quick to defend the president.
Warren herself additionally responded to Trump's dig, telling MSNBC, "It was 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".
She still contends that she is part Native American.
But you don't make "Pocahontas" jokes when you are honoring "three Navajos who helped the U.S. Marine Corps develop a secret code during the Second World War" The Hill reports. "And the color that we have from within the room was that there was just a long, awkward silence". "I like you because you are very special".
During his remarks, Trump recalled a time when Kelly asked him: 'How good were these code talkers?'
But President Trump has not appeared all that concerned with the grim history of how white settlers treated Native Americans, frequently calling Warren (D-Mass.) "Pocahontas" despite widespread outrage.
"These code talkers deserve our nation's praise and gratitude, not a president who disrespects the Native American community and dishonors Native American veterans", Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez said in a statement Monday.
Brown pressed Warren to release more information about how she described her heritage to potential employers. Elizabeth Warren, who fired back during a MSNBC interview this afternoon. "Look, Donald Trump does this over and over, thinking somehow he's going to shut me up with it".
It's not clear whether Warren lied about her heritage. Warren said she never sought proof of ancestry because she didn't think it was necessary.