Donald Trump is at it again, spreading his very own brand of 'fake news'. This time, he's denying that he ever said that he'd give Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren £1m to donate to her favourite charity if she proved that she had Native American heritage.
However, he categorically did. President Donald Trump made the remarks at a public rally in July this year. Speaking at the rally, he said:
I will give you a million dollars to your favourite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian.
Now he's denied ever making the comments, despite being captured on camera while saying the words earlier this year.
Speaking to reporters at the White House on Monday, he flatly denied that it ever happened. According to the Hill, he said:
I didn't say that. You'd better read it again.
When asked about the results of Warren's test, he said:
On Monday, Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren released results of a DNA analysis that showed she has distant Native American ancestry, performed by a professor of genetics at Stanford.
She announced the results in a series of tweets:
By the way, @realDonaldTrump: Remember saying on 7/5 that you’d give $1M to a charity of my choice if my DNA showed… https://t.co/iaYj2J3OUm
She also posted the full heritage analysis test on her website. According to the report:
The great majority of (Warren's) identifiable ancestry is European...
The analysis also identified 5 genetic segments as Native American in origin at high confidence.
Warren also makes clear in a video about the release posted to her website that the test was partly taken in response to Trump's constant mocking of her purported Native American heritage, by calling her 'Pocahontas'. She first touted her Native American heritage when working as a professor of law at Harvard.
Some members of the Native American community have hit back at Warren for taking the test, however, and have called her decision 'inappropriate' and 'wrong'.
On Monday, The Cherokee Nation issued a statement regards the test, reports The Hill. Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr said:
Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong.
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.