An Associated Press article said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., had offered "proof" of her alleged Native American heritage by publicizing the results of a DNA test, which have come under scrutiny due to its methodology and the distant possible link it claims to have found.
President Trump on Tuesday posted a series of messages on Twitter mocking Warren for the test results and noted that even the Cherokee Nation tribe had criticized Warren for using the test to back up her claim to Native American lineage. The Associated Press said those tweets go against the "proof" that Warren provided.
"President Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday over DNA test results she released that indicate she has some Native American heritage, saying she is 'getting slammed' over what he claimed is 'a scam and a lie' despite Warren’s proof," the Associated Press story said.
The AP later said Warren's test provided "some evidence" that a Native American is in her bloodline, but the report never went so far as to say there was "proof." The summary of the report said it found "strong evidence" that Warren may have a Native America ancestor six to 10 generations ago.
The results, which were first printed in the Boston Globe on Monday, said that Warren might be 1/64 to 1/1,024 Native American.
Subsequent reports on the test, however, suggest it may not have found what Warren claims it did, given that it apparently matched her DNA to Latin Americans who migrated to America thousands of years ago, rather than the DNA of Native Americans currently in the U.S.
Warren has long been scrutinized for having identified as Native American on official documents at Harvard University, where she was a professor, from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.
She released the results of her DNA test Monday in what is believed to have been an attempt to neutralize criticism from Trump, ahead of a potential 2020 run for the Democratic presidential nomination.