This week in Washington (27 images)

President Donald Trump honors Native American code talkers at the White House -- and also made a controversial comment about a U.S. senator. Senate Republicans work to pass their tax bill. And the White House is decorated for the holidays, so far this week in Washington, D.C.
Updated: Dec. 1, 2017 at 4:36 PM
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President Donald Trump greets Native American code talkers during an event honoring them in the Oval Office on Monday. The men used their native language to protect battlefield communications for American troops in World War II. Photo by Oliver Contreras/UPI
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During his remarks, Trump referred to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., (not pictured) as "Pocahontas." Warren denounced the remark as a racial slur. Photo by Oliver Contreras/UPI
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The White House gingerbread house was unveiled on Monday, along with all the other holiday decorations. The theme this year is "Time-Honored Traditions," an homage to the 200 years of holiday celebrations in the "People's House." More than 150 volunteers from 29 states worked to hang 71 wreaths and decorate 53 Christmas trees. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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A USO Christmas Christmas tree in the East Room is decorated with gold stars and a patriotic ribbon to pay tribute to Gold Star families. Visitors are encouraged to write notes to loved ones in the military. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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First lady Melania Trump participates in arts and crafts projects with children and students from Joint Base Andrews in various rooms throughout the White House on Monday. Photo by Olivier Douliery/UPI
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Ballerinas perform parts of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” as the first lady watches. Photo by Olivier Douliery/UPI
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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (C), Sen. John Cornyn (R), and Sen. Pat Toomey leave the White House to speak to the media following a meeting with the president on the Republican tax bill on Monday. A marathon debate on the Senate's tax reform version is expected this week. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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