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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi returned to the lectern after finishing her weekly press briefing on Thursday to address a reporter who asked whether she hates President Trump.

Why it matters: Pelosi — often steely during her press appearances — was angered by the question that came as she was walking away, telling Sinclair's James Rosen, who asked the question, "Don't mess with me when it comes to words like that."

What she said:

"I think the president is a coward when it comes to helping our kids who are afraid of gun violence. I think he is cruel when he doesn't deal with helping our Dreamers. I think he's in denial about the climate crisis. ... This is about the Constitution of the United States and the facts that lead to the president's violation of his oath of office.
"And, as a Catholic, I resent your using the word 'hate' in a sentence that addresses me. I don't hate anyone. I was raised with a heart full of love and 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 other side: Trump tweeted minutes later that Pelosi "had a nervous fit," adding that he "doesn't believe" her statement that she prays for him.

Go deeper: Pelosi asks House to proceed with articles of impeachment

Go deeper

Chauvin defense closing: "Does not have to prove his innocence"

Chauvin's defense attorney Eric Nelson opened his closing argument on Monday by reminding the jury that Derek Chauvin "does not have to prove his innocence."

Why it matters: The jury's verdict in Chauvin's murder trial is seen by advocates as one of the most crucial civil rights cases in decades.

Merrick Garland: Domestic terror is "still with us"

Photo: Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Bloomberg via Getty Images

In his first major speech, Attorney General Merrick Garland warned the nation Monday to remain vigilant against the rising threat of domestic extremism.

Why it matters: Domestic terrorism poses an "elevated threat" to the nation this year, according to U.S. intelligence. Garland has already pledged to crack down on violence linked to white supremacists and right-wing militia groups.

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