A rightfully jubilant Donald Trump took a major dig at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi by holding up a newspaper emblazoned with the headline, “ACQUITTED,” at the White House prayer breakfast the morning after the president’s historic exoneration.
The president brandished the headlines mere feet from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., after both arrived at the breakfast.
In front of his first audience since being acquitted on Wednesday, Trump first picked up a USA Today newspaper and presented it before the group. He then put it down and picked up a copy of Thursday’s Washington Post, which had a similar headline.
He later addressed the audience and took some not-so-subtle swipes at Pelosi once more.
“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 you know that is not so,” he said. Pelosi had publicly said during the impeachment process that she and fellow Democrats were “prayerful” and that she prays for the president.
Trump also called impeachment a “terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people.”
For Trump, the moment was payback not only for impeachment but her conduct at the close of Tuesday’s State of the Union address.
Following his speech, Pelosi tore up the pages of the speech in full view of the cameras, shocking lawmakers.
The Senate, meanwhile, on Wednesday acquitted Trump on both articles of impeachment against him—abuse of power and obstruction of Congress—following a weeks-long trial.