- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Anthony Scaramucci defended President Trump on Tuesday for referring to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas” during an event at the White House to honor Navajo code talkers the day before.

The president received much criticism for slamming Ms. Warren at the event honoring these elderly Native American veterans. As Marines, these Native Americans created a secret code, based on their language, which was used during World Wars II in the Pacific campaign.

“I think that she’s been nasty to him, and I think he’s been concurrently nasty to her,” Mr. Scaramucci said on CNN.

Mr. Scaramucci served as White House communications director for just 11 days before being forced to resign. His brief stint caused chaos among the staff and led to the exit of former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former press secretary Sean Spicer.

Mr. Scaramucci has remained a defender of the president and downplayed Monday’s comment from Mr. Trump.

“At the end of the day, we’re getting a little bit too micromanaging with each other’s languages and the whole political correctness movement,” he said.

This not the first time Mr. Trump has referred to Ms. Warren as Pocahontas and has been a favorite description of her since the campaign.

The claim comes from Ms. Warren falsely claimed Native American heritage in the Association of American Law Schools directory, which came to light during the 2012 Senate campaign.

Harvard Law School, where she later taught, touted her self-proclaimed ancestry, but credible evidence of her ancestry has been minimal.

• Sally Persons can be reached at spersons@washingtontimes.com.

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