Three months ago, President Donald Trump offered to donate $1 million to charity if Sen. Elizabeth Warren, one of his potential 2020 rivals, took a DNA test proving her Native American heritage.
Now the Massachusetts Democrat wants the president to pay up.
On Monday, Warren launched her most aggressive campaign to date rebutting claims the president has made about her heritage. That campaign included the public release of a report by a Stanford genetics professor who analyzed a sample of her DNA and found “strong evidence” that it included Native American ancestry between six and 10 generations ago.
The president does not appear to be in a hurry to make the donation. Asked Monday morning on the South Lawn of the White House about the results of the DNA test, Trump told reporters: “Who cares?”
Trump told reporters later Monday afternoon that his bet only applied if Warren won the Democratic nomination.
“I’ll only do it if I can test her personally,” the president added. “That will not be something I will enjoy.”
Trump discussed the million-dollar wager at a July rally in Montana, while stumping in the state against vulnerable Senate incumbent Jon Tester. Giving himself some wiggle room, he said that if he faced Warren in the 2020 election, he would publicly demand she take a DNA test while on television at a presidential debate.
“We will very gently take that kit, and we will slowly toss it, hoping it doesn’t hit her and injure her arm, even though it only weighs probably 2 ounces,” Trump said at the rally. “And we will say, ‘I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian.'”
“And let’s see what she does, right? I have a feeling she will say ‘no,’ but we’ll hold that for the debates!”
Warren, who has said that she would “take a hard look” at a 2020 run after the November midterms are over, apparently wanted to get the testing out of the way ahead of time.
SOURCE: Tucker Higgins