During a press conference on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to President Donald Trump’s comments that she and Sen. Mitt Romney used their “faith” to justify doing wrong.
“I don’t know if the president understands about prayer or people who pray,” Pelosi said.
“I pray for the United States of America, I pray for him, I pray for President Bush still, President Obama… because it’s a heavy responsibility,” she continued. “I pray hard for [Trump] because he’s so off the track of our Constitution, our values, our country… He really needs our prayers. So he can say whatever he wants, but I do pray for him and I do so sincerely and without anguish, gently, that’s the way I pray for everybody else.”
At the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual event in Washington D.C., Trump made a subtle jab at Pelosi and Romney.
“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’s not so,” the president said at the event.
The House speaker also addressed Trump’s jab Romney, who nearly broke down in tears on the Senate floor talking about his “oath to God” to “protect the constitution.”
“I thought what he said about Sen. Romney was particularly without class,” Pelosi added.
Trump was acquitted on Wednesday of both articles of impeachment.