Trump says he doesn't care if attacks on 'Squad' hurt him politically

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE on Friday dug in on his strategy of attacking four progressive minority congresswomen despite some backlash from within his own party, saying he doesn't care how it affects him politically.

"I don’t know if it’s good or bad politically. I don’t care," Trump told reporters of his attack against the group of Democratic lawmakers, known as the "Squad," as he departed the White House for a weekend in New Jersey.

"Many people say it's good. I don't know if it's good or bad," he continued. "I can tell you this: You can't talk that way about our country. Not when I'm the president."

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Trump acknowledged that the Democratic lawmakers he has targeted have First Amendment rights, but maintained he also has the right to voice his displeasure.

The president asserted just two days ago that he believed he was winning the political fight in going after Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarJewish Democrats decry Trump's 'loyalty' remarks Poll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas Pelosi speaks with Israeli president after Trump controversy MORE (D-Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezStudents retreating from politics as campuses become progressive playgrounds Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Poll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas MORE (D-N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPoll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas NJ college censures trustee over posts targeting 'the squad' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibIsrael should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support Jewish Democrats decry Trump's 'loyalty' remarks Poll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas MORE (D-Mich.).

But Democrats and some Republican lawmakers have expressed concerns about Trump's rhetoric and tweets, and a "send her back" chant about Omar that broke out at his Wednesday night rally in North Carolina.

The president has refused to back down, however, and reiterated to reporters on Friday his belief that the four lawmakers "hate our country."

He also disputed reports that first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpEx-Melania Trump adviser raised concerns of excessive inauguration spending weeks before events: CNN The Hill's Morning Report - Trump moves green cards, citizenship away from poor, low-skilled White House seeks volunteers, musicians for Christmas celebrations MORE and his daughter, Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpPresident tweets 'few work harder' than Ivanka, Jared Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report Trump Jr. dismisses conflicts of interest, touts projects in Indonesia MORE, urged him to disavow the chants, calling it "fake news."