Updated Feb 6, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump takes aim at Pelosi and Romney during National Prayer Breakfast

Trump at the National Prayer Breakfast. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump used his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday to take a swipe at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) over their roles in his impeachment.

"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."
  • Pelosi has frequently said that she prays for the president.
  • Romney cited his faith in a note to colleagues as a reason for his vote to convict Trump in the Senate's impeachment trial. On the Senate floor, he also said, "My promise before God, to apply impartial justice, required that I put my personal feelings and political biases aside."

The other side: Pelosi called Trump's comments "completely inappropriate" at her weekly press conference, before praising Romney for his vote to convict: "God bless him for his courage."

  • She later added: "I don't know if the president understands prayer or the people who do pray. ... He can say whatever he wants, but I do pray for him and I do so sincerely and without anguish, gently, just the way I pray for everybody else."

Trump also used the National Prayer Breakfast to hold up newspapers headlined with his impeachment acquittal:

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Republicans and Democrats react to Mitt Romney voting to convict Trump

Romney and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) at Trump's State of the Union address on Feb. 4. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

After Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) voted to convict President Trump for abuse of power in the impeachment trial Wednesday, Republicans doubled down to rebuke the senator while Democrats rushed to his defense.

What he's saying: "I am aware that there are people in my party and in my state who will strenuously disapprove of my decision, and in some quarters, I will be vehemently denounced," Romney said on the Senate floor Wednesday. "I am sure to hear abuse from the President and his supporters."

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Fox's Brian Kilmeade: Pelosi is “emotionally losing it”

“Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's statements about President Trump's acquittal and her disapproval of his State of the Union address qualified as “emotionally losing it.”

The big picture: Since Trump's State of the Union, Pelosi accused him of using Congress as a "backdrop for a reality show." After the speech on Tuesday, the House speaker was also seen ripping a copy of the president's transcript for the evening.

CPAC chair says he would fear for Romney's "physical safety" if he attended

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Matt Schlapp, chair of the Conservative Political Action Conference, said in an interview with Full Court Press Sunday that he would be afraid for Sen. Mitt Romney's (R-Utah) safety if the former presidential candidate attended the yearly conservative conference.

Driving the news: Romney has faced substantial blowback from Trump loyalists in the Republican Party over his vote last week to convict the president in his impeachment trial. Schlapp had already announced on Twitter that Romney was "formally NOT invited" to CPAC after his vote to call new impeachment witnesses.