President Trump attacked Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) for invoking religion during the impeachment proceedings while speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday.
“Weeks ago, and again yesterday, courageous Republican politicians and leaders had the wisdom, fortitude and strength to do what everyone knows was right,” Trump said.
“I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong. Nor do I like people who say ‘I pray for you’ when they know that’s not so,” he added, referencing Pelosi’s previous remarks.
President Trump: "I don't like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong. Nor do I like people who say 'I pray for you' when they know that that's not so. So many people have been hurt and we can't let that go on."#NationalPrayerBreakfast pic.twitter.com/79XCLpD7GP
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Trump entered the room holding up newspapers emblazoned with headlines announcing his acquittal.
Trump opened his remarks by slamming the impeachment process and taking a jab at Romney, who voted to convict Trump one impeachment charge, and Pelosi, who was seated just a few feet away.
Romney, citing his Mormon faith, was the only Republican to vote against his party and join Democrats in voting to convict Trump.
“They have done everything possible to destroy us, and by so doing very badly hurt our nation,” he said. “They know what they are doing is wrong, but they put themselves far ahead of our great country.”
Pelosi responded to Trump’s attacks at the National Prayer Breakfast hours later, telling reporters: “I don’t know if the president understands about prayer or people who pray … He really needs our prayers. So he can say whatever he wants, but I do pray for him.”
.@SpeakerPelosi responds to @realDonaldTrump's rebuff of those who "pray" for him: "I don't know if the president understands about prayer…I pray hard for him because he is so off the track of our Constitution." Adds, his comments about @SenatorRomney were "without class" pic.twitter.com/SBKngyU8yC
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