Alexandria Ocasio-cortez, Rashida Tlaib Question Who Is Really Not 'Capable of Loving Our Country': 'We Fight to Guarantee Healthcare...You Jack up Drug Prices'

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashia Tlaib hit back at President Donald Trump on Sunday after the U.S. leader claimed that they and two other progressive lawmakers—Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley—are not "capable of loving our country." Trump's words were part of his latest attack on "the squad," as the four have come to collectively be known.

Earlier that day, Trump had railed against the four representatives in a tweet, saying: "I don't believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country."

"They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said," he continued. "They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!"

Responding to Trump's tweet, Ocasio-Cortez questioned who really is not "capable of loving our Country," as she championed the policy initiatives rolled out by herself and the three other progressive colleagues targeted by Trump.

"We fight to guarantee: healthcare...public college & student loan forgiveness...[environment] protections...living wages...basic human rights," she began in a tweet.

"We don't take a dime of corporate money either," she said.

Meanwhile, the New York representative said, "you: jack up drug prices...appoint Betsy DeVos to scam student loans...hurt immigrant kids."

The tweet was shared by Omar, who, along with Pressley, appeared to otherwise remain silent on the social media site over Trump's latest tirade.

Meanwhile, Tlaib appeared to dismiss Trump's comments, writing: "No matter what HE is tweeting, I am working for you every day."

The Michigan representative then went on to tout the bills she has so far introduced, including the BOOST Act providing a tax credit for families, the PAID Act, seeking to end the use of non-driving factors for auto insurance rates.

The exchanges came following a string of attacks from the U.S. leader against Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley after he initially told the lawmakers to "go back" to the "crime-infested places from which they came" then "come back and show us how it is done" almost exactly one week ago.

Since then, the U.S. leader has repeatedly defended his racist tweet, refusing to back away from its sentiment even after disavowing his supporters after they chanted "send her back" as he railed against Omar at a recent rally in Greenville, North Carolina.

While Trump said he was "not happy" with the chant directed at Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia at the age of eight, and said that he tried to stop it by "speaking very quickly," video of the rally shows that the U.S. leader actually paused and looked around at the crowd silently, allowing the chorus to continue for more than 10 seconds, before he started to speak again.

The president's 2020 campaign team has repeatedly sought to defend the U.S. leader, with campaign aide Mercedes Schlapp asserting that Trump is "not a racist" in an interview with ABC News.

"He is a compassionate man whose policies have focused on the minority community," she said.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez holds an immigration Town Hall In Queens on July 20, 2019 in New York City. The New York representative has hit out at President Donald Trump's claim that she and three other progressive colleagues are not "capable of loving" the United States. Spencer Platt/Getty
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