House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she doesn’t know exactly what President Donald Trump said about her or Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) earlier at the National Prayer Breakfast – but, she’s sure it was inappropriate.
At a press event following the breakfast, Pelosi first accused Trump of saying something “completely inappropriate” about Romney:
“So, yesterday, the Senate acted – first time in history that a senator has voted against his own president in a decision regarding impeachment. God bless him for his courage.
“This morning, the president said that, when people use faith as an excuse to do – I don’t if he said, ‘bad things’ – but, whatever he said was just so completely inappropriate, especially at a prayer breakfast.”
Pelosi, then, assumed that Trump had referenced her when he said he didn’t like people who claim they pray for him (as Pelosi has claimed), but don’t actually do so.
Pelosi added that, “What he said about Senator Romney was particularly without class” – then, she asked for someone to remind her of what it was that Trump actually said:
“I don't know if the president understands prayer or people who do pray.
“But, we do pray for the United States of America. I pray for him, I pray for President Bush, President Obama - because, it is a heavy responsibility.
“And, I pray hard for him - because he’s so off the track of our Constitution, our values, our country, the air our children breathe, the water they drink and the rest. He really needs our prayers. So, he can say whatever he wants, he can say whatever he wants, but I do pray for him and I do so sincerely and without anguish, you know, gently – that’s the way I pray for everybody else.
“I thought what he said about Senator Romney was particularly without class, when he said for some people to use faith as an excuse to do the wrong things.
“You remember what he said about Romney? You got that there? What? What?
“So inappropriate at a prayer breakfast. You want to go to a prayer breakfast - school vouchers, a woman's right to choose - all the things that that’s the right audience for. God bless you; it’s a prayer breakfast. And, that’s something about faith. May not be something I agree, but it’s appropriate.
“But, to go into the stock market and raising up his approval thing and mischaracterizing other people's motivations - he's talking about things that he knows little about - Faith and prayer.”
In fact, Trump did not actually mention either Pelosi or Romney by name in his prayer breakfast remarks, CNSNews.com reports:
Without naming names, Trump lashed out at Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) for being the lone Republican to vote to remove Trump from office and referencing his faith before the vote. The president also lashed out at Pelosi, who attended the National Prayer Breakfast.
Without mentioning Pelosi by name, the president said he doesn’t like people who say “I pray for you” when they know they don’t.
“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, and I will be discussing that a little bit later at the White House,” Trump said.