Trump: Ocasio-Cortez being 'very disrespectful' to Pelosi

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE on Friday criticized Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMichelle Obama weighs in on Trump, 'Squad' feud: 'Not my America or your America. It's our America' Trump steps up attacks on 'Squad' Trump says he doesn't care if attacks on 'Squad' hurt him politically MORE (D-N.Y.) amid a dispute between the freshman congresswoman and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDHS chief to Pelosi: Emergency border funding 'has already had an impact' The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants Trump faces new hit on deficit MORE (D-Calif.).

The president came to Pelosi's defense when he was asked about the simmering feud as he left the White House for fundraisers in Wisconsin and Ohio.

"I think Cortez is being very disrespectful to somebody who's been there a long time," Trump said, chastising the first-term lawmaker without using her full last name.

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"I deal with Nancy Pelosi a lot and we go back and forth and it’s fine, but I think that a group of people is being very disrespectful to her," he continued. "And you know what, I don’t think that Nancy can let that go on."

Ocasio-Cortez “should treat Nancy Pelosi with respect,” he added.

Ocasio-Cortez expressed frustration with Pelosi after the Speaker gave an interview over the weekend in which she downplayed the significance of four progressive Democrats who bucked party leadership on a border funding vote late last month.

Ocasio-Cortez told The Washington Post on Wednesday that she felt Pelosi was targeting her and three other progressive freshman women of color known as the "squad": Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibThe Hill's Campaign Report: Stage set for second Democratic showdown Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump Trump complains of 'crazed' media coverage over 'send her back' chants MORE (Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarMerkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump ESPN host Dan Le Batard tears into Trump, as well as his own network, for 'cowardly' no-politics policy Biden leads, Warren and Sanders tied for second in new poll MORE (Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThe Hill's Campaign Report: Stage set for next Democratic debate Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump Trump complains of 'crazed' media coverage over 'send her back' chants MORE (Mass.).

She reiterated that stance on Thursday, but clarified that Pelosi is "absolutely not" racist.

Trump seized on the latter point, and backed Pelosi.

"She is not a racist," Trump said. "For them to call her a racist is a disgrace."

The barbs from Ocasio-Cortez have sparked a wave of infighting among Democrats in recent days, with several caucus members rushing to defend the Speaker.

--Updated 10:57 a.m.