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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed 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 OmarNew York man pleads guilty to threatening to kill Omar Ilhan Omar calls out Buttigieg campaign for Douglass Plan stock photo: 'Not ok or necessary' Ocasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field MORE (D-Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezNew York man pleads guilty to threatening to kill Omar Funding stopgap would give Congress more time to debate expiring surveillance provisions 'Saturday Night Live' presents Trump impeachment hearings with 'pizzazz' of soap opera MORE (D-N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyAyanna Pressley introduces extensive criminal justice reform resolution Ocasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Justice Democrats official denies that progressives struggle with electability MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibAyanna Pressley introduces extensive criminal justice reform resolution Ethics panel extends probe into Tlaib Ocasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field 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 TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Resistance or unhinged behavior? Partisan hatred reaches Trump's family Trump to attend NATO leaders meeting MORE and his daughter, Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to tour Apple factory with Tim Cook on Wednesday Resistance or unhinged behavior? Partisan hatred reaches Trump's family MORE, urged him to disavow the chants, calling it "fake news."