Biden knocks Trump on tweets about 'smart as hell' Ocasio-Cortez

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Hill Reporter Rafael Bernal: Biden tries to salvage Latino Support Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report MORE in a Tuesday interview praised the four progressive congresswomen told to go back to their home countries by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE, calling his remarks "shameful."

Biden singled out Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOmar says US should reconsider aid to Israel Pro-Trump Republican immigrant to challenge Dem lawmaker who flipped Michigan seat 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 MORE (D-N.Y.) for praise in the interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” stating that she in particular is “smart as hell.”

Trump's tweets were "not only shameful, but it's incredibly damaging," Biden told MSNBC’s Mika BrzezinskiMika Emilie BrzezinskiBrzezinski fires back at Trump after he lashes out at 'Morning Joe': 'I'm sad and disgusted' Trump rips Scarborough, Brzezinski: 'Morning Joe & Psycho ratings have really crashed' Scarborough implores Democrats: Go hard after Trump or he'll win in 2020 MORE.

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"We have led the world by the power of our example, and what presidents say, they're the face of America, like it or not," he added. "The idea that Trump says and does the things he does is despicable." 

“I think the freshmen, particularly AOC, is smart as hell,” Biden said. Ocasio-Cortez, he added, is “really a value added to the party in terms of her pushing the edges.”

Biden also defended Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhy President Trump needs to speak out on Hong Kong Anti-Trump vets join Steyer group in pressing Democrats to impeach Trump Pelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid MORE (D-Calif.), who, prior to the Trump tweets, had been in a public fight with the four congresswomen after dismissing Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyJoseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts Ocasio-Cortez brushes off Trump tweet claiming she is 'fuming' over Tlaib, Omar attention Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' MORE (D-Mass.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibWorld Jewish Congress condemns Tlaib for suggesting boycott of Bill Maher's show F-bombs away: Why lawmakers are cursing now more than ever A lesson of the Trump, Tlaib, Omar, Netanyahu affair MORE (D-Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarWorld Jewish Congress condemns Tlaib for suggesting boycott of Bill Maher's show A lesson of the Trump, Tlaib, Omar, Netanyahu affair Tlaib suggests boycotting Maher show after he calls anti-Israel boycott movement 'bulls--- purity test' MORE (D-Minn.) in an interview with The New York Times as only representing four votes.

Pelosi was also angered by a tweet criticizing centrist Democrats sent by Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff, telling lawmakers at a closed-door caucus meeting last week to keep their disputes private and not to attack one another.

“Nancy knows what she’s doing,” Biden said. “Nancy understands that ... you know, there’s a sum total in the Congress of 535 folks. You have to get them all moving in the right direction.”

Asked what advice he would offer Ocasio-Cortez, Biden responded, “I would not presume to give her advice,” adding, “AOC is brilliant, the other three women are really smart.”

Pelosi dismissed "the squad,” as they are often referred to, after they were the only representatives to vote against a Trump-backed border aid bill, telling Maureen Dowd, “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world. But they didn’t have any following.”

Ocasio-Cortez fired back, accusing Pelosi of singling out women of color, which in turn prompted a rebuke from members of the Congressional Black Caucus aligned with the Speaker.

However, the divisions among the caucus have largely been dropped since Trump’s Sunday tweets telling the four congresswomen, all of whom are American citizens and three of whom were born in the U.S., to “go back” to other countries.

Pelosi has announced she will introduce a resolution in the House condemning the remarks.