'Who Cares?': Trump Reacts to Warren's DNA Test Showing Native American Ancestry
Warren calls on Trump to donate $1M to charity.
President Donald Trump on Monday responded to Sen. Elizabeth Warren releasing DNA test results examining her possible Native American ancestry.
The test revealed "strong evidence" the Massachusetts senator -- and possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidate -- has a Native American ancestor dating back six to ten generations.
Trump has repeatedly criticized Warren for allegedly being misleading about her Native American heritage and using it to advance her career as a Harvard University professor, infamously dubbing her "Pocahontas."
Before departing the White House to survey the damage from Hurricane Michael in Florida, Trump was asked about Warren's test results.
"Who cares?" the president said. "Who cares?"
A reporter followed up by noting that Trump said during a rally in July that if Warren did mount a presidential run in 2020 and the two faced off in a general election debate, he would offer $1 million to her favorite charity on the spot if she took a DNA test.
"I didn’t say that -- you better read it again," Trump responded.
He went on to say that he hopes Warren is running for president, because she would be a "very easy" opponent.
"I do not think that she'd be difficult at all. She'll destroy the country. She'll make our country in Venezuela," Trump said. "With that being said, I don't want to say bad things about her because I hope she would be one of the people that would get through the process."
According to the DNA analysis, if Warren’s great-great-great-grandmother was Native American, she would be considered 1/32nd Native American. Should Warren’s ancestor date back ten generations, she would be only 1/1,024th Native American.
NEW - @BostonGlobe correction: "Due to a math error, a story about Elizabeth #Warren misstated the ancestry percentage of a potential 10th generation relative. It should be 1/1,024."
If @SenWarren has a 10th generation #NativeAmerican ancestor, she is 1/1,024th American Indian https://t.co/oLNoPWry5h
— Brooke Singman (@brookefoxnews) October 15, 2018
The analysis was done by Carlos D. Bustamante, a Stanford University professor noted for his work on tracking population migration via DNA analysis.
Bustamante concluded that the "vast majority" of Warren’s ancestry is European, but he added that “the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor.”