Trump calls Elizabeth Warren ‘total fraud,’ offers to give DNA test himself

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President Trump has repeatedly referred to the possible 2020 presidential contender sarcastically as "Pocahontas" including during an Oval Office event a year ago honoring Native American code talkers for their service during World War II.

Mrs Warren's DNA tests are the result of her claimed Native American heritage.

The high-profile disclosure was widely seen as a means of disarming one of President Trump's favorite ways to insult the MA senator, ahead of a potential run at the presidency in 2020.

The Cherokee Nation has questioned Warren's use of a DNA test, saying such exams are useless in determining tribal citizenship.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) announced Tuesday he would take a DNA test to find out if he had more Cherokee blood than Sen.

"It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonouring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven", Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said in a statement.

In morning tweets, Trump claimed a DNA test shared by Warren on Monday was "a scam and a lie" and called on her to "apologize for perpetrating this fraud against the American Public".

"I'm going to take a DNA test". These and other fabulations - and Warren's defensive doubling-down when they were reported - became an issue in her US Senate race in 2012.

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Chuck Hoskin was also critical of President Trump, saying he "should not be calling her 'Pocahontas, ' but "should be looking into the needs of Indian country are because the needs are there".

Warren has never claimed to be a member of a tribe, and made the distinction in her campaign video and again in a response to the Cherokee nation statement late on Monday.

But Warren now has documentation to back up her family lore - an analysis of her genetic data performed by Carlos Bustamante, a professor of genetics at Stanford and adviser to Ancestry and 23 and Me.

Elizabeth Warren ultimately released her DNA results in order to prove to her critics she was not lying to get ahead.

"Who cares?" Trump initially said when first asked about the DNA test.

Trump said on Monday, while touring damage of Hurricane Michael in Florida, that the promise was contingent on her winning the 2020 Democratic primary and debating him during the campaign, and that he would only pay up if he could test her DNA "personally". When pressed on the once-promised $1 million payment, Trump responded: "I didn't say that".

"I think I can beat her", Graham said. "I won't sit quietly for [Trump's] racism, so I took a test".

Co-host Meghan McCain insisted Warren's claims were hypocritical, and therefore politically important - and she exploded when her liberal colleagues disagreed. "That will not be something I enjoy doing, either".

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