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Cherokee Nation Spox Bashes Trump, Warren Over DNA Squabble: ‘We Want Leadership,’ Not ‘Name-Calling’

After slamming Sen. Elizabeth Warren‘s (D-MA) attempts to prove her Native American heritage, Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. condemned both the senator and President Donald Trump over their conduct throughout the entire controversy.

The Cherokee Nation Secretary of State released a statement earlier today in which he called it “inappropriate and wrong” for Warren to use a DNA test to claim she is part Native American. Hoskin spoke with CNN’s Jake Tapper, and reiterated that Warren’s DNA test “proves nothing of relevance to whether a person is a citizen of an Indian nation,” and it’s “irrelevant what it means to be a native American in this country.”

“What she’s doing is a response to what the president of the United States has said, and in Indian country we’re looking at Washington, D.C., and what we want is help, and we want leadership, it’s not helpful to Indian country for this kind of debate to go back and forth, we have a lot of issues, we would rather the President of the United States and Senator Warren focus in on things that affect us: housing, clean air, clean water. We don’t think it’s useful to have them in a back and forth about DNA test, name-calling and that sort of thing.”

Since Hoskin brought up Donald Trump, who refers to Warren as “Pocahontas” to disparage her ancestry claims, Tapper asked him what he thinks about the president’s insults.

“She doesn’t deserve it,” Hoskins said, and he continued to say that neither Trump nor Warren have been helpful by perpetuating their feud with each other.

Watch above, via CNN.

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