Though Trump did not explicitly name Democrat Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley in his Twitter tirade last Sunday, the message was clearly aimed at the four who are sharp critics of his immigration policy.
President Donald Trump is unshaken by the accusations of "racism" he faces amid a feud with the Democratic Party's 'Squad, ' slamming them for being "hateful" and demanding an apology to the USA - and Israel. He paused in his speech and surveyed the scene, taking in the uproar, though the next day he claimed he did not approve of the chant and tried to stop it.
Republicans in Washington have largely supported Trump through the controversy.
"We are going to continue to be a nightmare to this president, because his policies are a nightmare to us", she said. He said some of his constituents were scared of the president.
The group - all American citizens, three of whom were born in the United States - are of Hispanic, Arab, Somali and African-American descent.
Ocasio-Cortez warned on Thursday that Trump's attacks "put millions of Americans in danger".
He suggested they leave, though all are U.S. citizens.
"So interesting to see "Progressive" Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run", President Trump tweeted.
Omar was also defiant after the rally, telling reporters at the Capitol that she believes the president is a "fascist" and casting the confrontation as a fight over "what this country truly should be". He later hailed them as "incredible patriots".
"The comment, which alludes to the freshman Democrat's past work as a New York City bartender while apparently saying she should be shot, comes amid increasing scrutiny of racist and violent social media posts by police officers in departments across the country", NOLA added. "Then leave" rhetoric. Another criticised Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, who has been repeatedly insulted by Trump.
When pushed, some Republicans, particularly those from swing states likely to decide the outcome of next year's election, have distanced themselves from Trump's remarks.
But Trump's tactics were defended by many others including Rick Santorum, a former senator and presidential candidate.
"He says things to bring attention to these issues", Santorum argued.
"Because we know that he's been thinking this the entire time".