President TrumpDonald John TrumpChasten Buttigieg: 'I've been dealing with the likes of Rush Limbaugh my entire life' Lawmakers paint different pictures of Trump's 'opportunity zone' program We must not turn our heads from the effects of traumatic brain injuries MORE on Wednesday said that he referred to Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez Ocasio-Cortez defends Warren against 'misogynist trope' Sanders nabs endorsement from Congressional Hispanic Caucus member Ocasio-Cortez defends Sanders running as a Democrat: It's 'more than what you call yourself' MORE as just “Cortez” because he doesn’t “have time to go with three different names.”

Trump made the comment during a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, on Wednesday night while recalling a brief exchange he previously shared about the New York Democrat’s name.

“They said, ‘That’s not her name, sir,’” Trump recalled, “I said, ‘no, no, I don’t have time to go with three different names. We’ll call her Cortez. Takes too much time.” 

Trump went on to take aim at the lawmaker for a remark she made last month, in which she said detention centers holding undocumented immigrants on the southern border are "exactly" like concentration camps.

“The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are," she said then. “If that doesn’t bother you ... I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that ‘never again’ means something.”

Trump told his base that she said “essentially Nazis are running concentration camps.”

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“And when Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump looms as flashpoint in Alabama Senate battle Stephen Miller's uncle says he donated to pro-refugee group as a wedding gift Short defends Trump's tweets as a 'very effective way' to communicate with Americans MORE went down just a few days ago with members of Congress and the media, and you looked at those so-called horrible concentration camps, they said, ‘Wow. These places or clean. Wow. They have air conditioning. They have water,’” Trump went on. 

An internal watchdog report released earlier this month found overcrowding that was putting both detainees and agents at risk. The report described standing room only cells for migrants, who were not fed hot meals or given showers.

“You know in a very short period of time, if the Democrats would give us a few votes we could solve the immigration problem and it would be so good. It would be so good,” he continued. 

Trump’s comments taking aim at Ocasio-Cortez come as the president continues to face backlash for tweets he shared telling the freshman Democrat and three other minority lawmakers — Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Omar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat MORE (D-Mich.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThere's no such thing as a free bus Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Tlaib says she held Omar's hand during 'triggering' moments at Trump's State of the Union speech MORE (D-Mass.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group Omar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat Tlaib says she held Omar's hand during 'triggering' moments at Trump's State of the Union speech MORE (D-Minn.) — to “go back” to their home countries.

Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley were born in the U.S., and Omar is a naturalized citizen.

Earlier this week, the House voted to pass a resolution that condemned Trump's tweets targeting the minority congresswomen as racist. Four Republicans broke party ranks to join all Democrats in passing the measure.