Trump shows off acquittal headlines at National Prayer Breakfast
President Trump boasted of his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial during an appearance at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, showing off newspaper headlines that blared the news.
As Trump entered the room at the Washington Hilton and went to take his seat, he smiled and held up copies of USA Today and The Washington Post, each bearing headlines about the Senate’s verdict.
Members of the audience laughed and applauded.
President Trump holds up newspapers with “ACQUITTED” and “Trump Acquitted” headline at #NationalPrayerBreakfast.
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 6, 2020
The Senate voted on Wednesday to acquit Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Republican Mitt Romney (Utah) was the lone senator to cross party lines, voting to convict Trump for abuse of power.
Attendees at the prayer breakfast included Vice President Pence, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), members of Trump’s Cabinet and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Trump did not interact with Pelosi upon his arrival, though the Speaker stood and clapped as he walked in. Pelosi was seated on the opposite side of the podium from the president. The two were in the same room again two days after a tense State of the Union address.
At the conclusion of the president’s speech Tuesday night, Pelosi picked up her copy of Trump’s prepared remarks and ripped it up, an act that has dominated the conversation about the speech in Washington, D.C.
Morgan Chalfant contributed