(CNSNews.com) – One day after the Senate acquitted him on two articles of impeachment, President Donald Trump opened his speech at the 68th Annual National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday by lashing out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democrats for trying to impeach and remove him from office.
“As everybody knows, my family, our great country and your president has been put through a terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people. They have done everything possible to destroy us and by so doing, very badly hurt our nation. They know what they are doing is wrong, but they put themselves far ahead of our great country,” he said.
“Weeks ago and again yesterday, courageous Republican politicians and leaders had the wisdom, fortitude, and strength to do what everyone knows was right,” the president said.
Without naming names, Trump lashed out at Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) for being the lone Republican to vote to remove Trump from office and referencing his faith before the vote. The president also lashed out at Pelosi, who attended the National Prayer Breakfast.
Without mentioning Pelosi by name, the president said he doesn’t like people who say “I pray for you” when they know they don’t.
“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, and I will be discussing that a little bit later at the White House,” Trump said.
He plans to address his acquittal and the Democrats’ efforts to impeach and remove him from office during a press conference at noon on Thursday.
As CNSNews.com previously reported, Pelosi told reporters at her weekly press conference on Dec. 5 that as a Catholic, she doesn’t hate anyone, and she prays for the president.
“And as a Catholic, I resent you using the word 'hate' in a sentence that addresses me. I don't hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is heart full of love,” Pelosi told a reporter at the time.
"I always pray for the president, and I still pray for the president. I pray for the president all the time. So don't mess with me when it comes to words like that," the speaker said. She also said she thinks Trump is a “coward” on the issue of gun violence and “cruel” when he doesn’t address the Dreamers’ situation.
Towards the end of his speech, the president expressed frustration about the impeachment, saying, “it’s not easy” to like people who “impeach you for nothing."
The president expressed gratitude for the nation’s pastors, ministers and rabbis, and specifically “the people in this room for the love they show to religion - not one religion, but many religions.”
“They’re brave. They’re brilliant. They’re fighters,” Trump said. “They like people, and sometimes they hate people. I'm sorry. I apologize. I’m trying to learn. It’s not easy. It's not easy. When they impeach you for nothing, and you're supposed to like them, it's not easy, folks. I do my best,” he said.