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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation 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 OmarTlaib wins Michigan Democratic primary The Memo: Biden faces balancing act Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE (D-Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressives soaring after big primary night 'Absolutely incredible': Ocasio-Cortez congratulates Cori Bush on upset victory over Lacy Clay Biden needs to bring religious Americans into the Democratic fold MORE (D-N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyTlaib wins Michigan Democratic primary Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary Stimulus checks debate now focuses on size, eligibility MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibThe Hill's Campaign Report: COVID-19 puts conventions in flux  Progressives soaring after big primary night 'Absolutely incredible': Ocasio-Cortez congratulates Cori Bush on upset victory over Lacy Clay 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 TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate GOP, House Democrats begin battle over trillion bill Melania Trump announces plans to renovate White House Rose Garden Trump tweets photo of himself wearing a mask MORE and his daughter, Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump administration awarding M in housing grants to human trafficking survivors Deutsche Bank launches investigation into longtime banker of Trump, Kushner Watchdog group accuses Stephen Miller of violating Hatch Act with Biden comments MORE, urged him to disavow the chants, calling it "fake news."