Sen. Portman responds to question about President's "Pocahontas" joke

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ohio Senator Rob Portman responded to a question on CBS This Morning about President Donald Trump's Monday joke at an event honoring Native Americans.

"You were here long before any of us were here," President Trump told several people at the event. "Although, we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago, they call her 'Pocahontas."

On CBS This Morning Tuesday, Norah O'Donnell asked Senator Portman if it was appropriate to use that term to describe Senator Elizabeth Warren.

"Well, they have a back-and-forth I'm going to stay out of," Portman responded. "It's longstanding. But the event yesterday was to honor an incredible achievement of these code talkers and should've focused on that. What they did [...] was truly spectacular. And there aren't a lot of them left. It was a time to pay tribute to them and honor them."

President Trump has long called Senator Warren "Pocahontas." He has accused her of lying about her heritage to advance her career. Warren's response: "I guess he thinks it's going to shut me up. And all I can say is, hasn't worked in the past, not gonna work in the future."