But Trump's jab on Monday was met a backlash from critics who said the president should not have used this forum to toss around that nickname. "Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. I like you, because you are special".
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump's comments at a press conference later in the day, stating the term "Pocahontas" is not a racial slur and the president did not intended it to be used in that way. "They call her 'Pocahontas'".
One voice that has been missing in the debate has been that of the code talkers honored in the ceremony. "This is a young lady, a Native American woman that played a critical role in the life of this nation, and to use that person in that way is unnecessary and is being culturally insensitive".
The president hosted the event to honor the veterans who used their native language during World Wars I and II to protect the USA during battle.
Trump did actually praise the bravery of the code talkers at the event: "You are special people".
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He then went on to address the Navajos and said: "But you know what, I like you".
"Pocahontas is a real person, not something that's just made up", Begaye continued. "That's who we honor today and everyday - the three code talkers present at the White House representing the 10 other elderly living code talkers who were unable to join them, and the hundreds of other code talkers from the Cherokee, Choctaw, Comanche, Lakota, Meskwaki, Mohawk, Navajo, Tlingit, and other tribes who served during World Wars I and II".
"I think what most people find offensive is Sen".
At times, the white expert seemed exasperated at having to explain to Native Americans what was a racial slur and what was not.
"President Trump couldn't even make it through a ceremony to honor these men without throwing in a racial slur", Warren told Anderson Cooper.
Warren's claims of Native-American heritage originated during her Senate campaign.
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