Pelosi Says She's Praying for Trump's Presidency to Be Successful

By Michael W. Chapman | June 14, 2017 | 1:33pm EDT

( -- In remarks on the House floor today about the shooting in Alexandria, Va., where Republican congressmen were targeted, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she "frequently" prays for members of Congress, prays for former President Barack Obama, and also prays for President Donald Trump, "that his presidency will be successful" and "that his family will be safe."

House Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and four other people were shot and wounded by a gunman at a baseball practice field early on Wednesday. The shooter has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, who died in hospital after being shot by police officers.

Hodgkinson, according to the New York Times and numerous other media apparently was a strong supporter of Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders and had made many anti-Trump statements on social media. 

"You may not know this my colleagues, but every time I pray, which is very frequently and certainly every Sunday, I pray for all of you -- all of you together," said Rep. Pelosi on the House floor. 

"In earlier years I used to pray for your happiness, for the fact that we were working together," she said, adding, "heed the words of President Kennedy in his inaugural address when he said God's work must truly be our own."

"How do we view what God's will is for us?" she said.  "How do we come together to give confidence to the American people? As our Founders intended, we would have our disagreements, and we would debate them. And we would have confidence in our beliefs and humility to listen to others."

"But in more recent years I have been praying not only for that but for our safety," said Pelosi.  "As anyone here, and I can say that quite clearly, have been the target of more -- a political target and probably the target of more threats than anyone except perhaps the president of the United States, Barack Obama. And so I prayed for Barack Obama. And now I continue to pray for him."

She continued, "I pray for Donald Trump, that his presidency will be successful, that his family will be safe." 

"Because it is about family," said Pelosi. "We are called for a purpose in this body [Congress]. It's a great thing." 


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