AOC, other congresswomen to hold news conference to answer Trump attacks

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By Adam Edelman  with NBC News Politics
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) listen as Michael Cohen, former attorney and fixer for President Donald Trump, testifies before the House Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill Feb. 27, 2019.   -   Copyright  Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

The quartet of progressive congresswomen of color who President Donald Trump has repeatedly insulted in recent days have scheduled a press conference Monday afternoon to respond to his onslaught of attacks.

Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — nicknamed as "the squad" — will hold a news conference at 5:00 p.m. ET.

The foursome will use the conference to "respond to U.S. President Donald Trump's openly racist comments attacking the duly elected members of Congress," they said in a release announcing the event.

Trump on Monday stepped up his attacks on the congresswoman, accusing them of "hating" the United States and Israel and loving terrorists and saying they should feel free to leave the country if they're not happy here.

Trump first went after the quartet over the weekend, tweeting that should "go back" to the countries they came from — even though three of them are from the United States — and has repeatedly doubled down since.

His incessant lashing-out prompted lawmakers of both parties to condemn his remarks.