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White House: "Ridiculous" for Warren to say "Pocahontas" is a racial slur

Sanders at the podium during a White House briefing. Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders addressed the controversy that ensued after President Trump called Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas" during an event to honor Native American war heroes, saying, "I think what most people find offensive is Elizabeth Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career." She called Warren's description of those comments as a racial slur a "ridiculous response."

It is not "appropriate" for the president to use a racial slur. "That was certainly not [his] intent," she added.