Trump on Jim Jordan: 'He's obviously very proud of his body'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE on Thursday poked fun at Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanWorld's most trafficked mammal gives Trump new way to hit China on COVID-19 The 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence Tucker Carlson calls Fauci a 'fraud' after tense hearing MORE's (R-Ohio) propensity for not wearing a dress jacket during an at times meandering speech celebrating his impeachment acquittal.

"When I first got to know Jim, I said, 'Huh. He never wears a jacket. What the hell’s going on?'" Trump said as he recognized Jordan in the audience. "He’s obviously very proud of his body."

"And they say where he works out … the machine starts burning. It’s just a different form of a workout from us," Trump continued as other lawmakers in attendance laughed.


"But one day I’m looking, and he looks tough, and I’m looking at those ears. And I say, 'Those ears have something going on there.' I say, did you ever wrestle?"

Jordan was a successful collegiate wrestler. He's been as tenacious in House hearings and in television appearances in his defense of Trump and his attacks on the president's critics. Jordan was moved by House leadership to the House Intelligence Committee during the impeachment hearings to provide a tough voice in defense of Trump.

The president on Thursday praised Jordan, who was wearing a jacket at the White House, as "some warrior," eliciting applause from others in the room.

Jordan was embroiled in controversy last year when he faced allegations that he ignored sexual misconduct by another coach during his time as a wrestling coach at Ohio State University. Jordan has denied knowing of the coach's misconduct.

Trump delivered a speech in the East Room of the White House exulting his acquittal in the Senate a day earlier on impeachment charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress.


Jordan was among several Republican lawmakers who attended Trump's remarks. Others included Reps. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGaetz set to endorse primary opponent of fellow Florida GOP lawmaker The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Progress slow on coronavirus bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Biden VP possible next week; Meadows says relief talks 'miles apart' MORE (Fla.), Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsMatt Lieberman faces calls to drop out of Georgia Senate race over 'racist and discriminatory' tropes in 2018 book Sabato's Crystal Ball shifts Iowa Senate race to 'toss-up,' Georgia toward GOP Loeffler knocks WNBA players for wearing shirts backing Democratic challenger MORE (Ga.), Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikHouse Republicans introduce legislation to give states 0 million for elections The 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Obama reunite for socially distanced conversation MORE (N.Y.) and Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsPelosi, Schumer slam Trump executive orders, call for GOP to come back to negotiating table Graham says he appreciates Trump orders, but 'would much prefer a congressional agreement' Trump signs executive orders after coronavirus relief talks falter MORE (N.C.).

The president took time during his remarks to acknowledge each lawmaker in attendance.

Morgan Chalfant contributed.