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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpProgressive group launches M pro-Biden ad buy targeting young voters Ilhan Omar: GOP response to calls for police reform 'was vicious' White House considers sweeping travel ban on members, families of the Chinese Communist Party: report MORE on Friday criticized Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressive group launches M pro-Biden ad buy targeting young voters Trump attacks Biden clean energy plan while announcing environmental rollback Trump shares photo with Goya Foods products after Ivanka faces criticism MORE (D-N.Y.) amid a dispute between the freshman congresswoman and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi signals flexibility on size of renewed unemployment payments Car on fire near Supreme Court Watch live: Pelosi speaks on coronavirus funding 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 TlaibOver 570 women registered to run for office, topping 2018 record Democrats see victory in Trump culture war The Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue MORE (Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan Omar Ilhan Omar: GOP response to calls for police reform 'was vicious' Over 570 women registered to run for office, topping 2018 record Analysis: 23 million families could face eviction by October due to pandemic MORE (Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThis Tax Day, let's talk about why we need real tax reform Over 570 women registered to run for office, topping 2018 record Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' 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.