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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE on Thursday poked fun at Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanTop conservatives pen letter to Trump with concerns on fourth coronavirus relief bill Justice IG pours fuel on looming fight over FISA court The relief bill and public broadcasting: A missed opportunity 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) Gaetz2020 on my mind: Democrats have to think like Mitch McConnell Harris knocks Gaetz for taking issue with money for Howard in relief package Critics hit Florida governor over lack of 'sweeping' coronavirus response MORE (Fla.), Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsLoeffler liquidates stocks amid uproar over trades after Senate coronavirus briefing Democrats text over 1 million Georgia voters to boost mail voting efforts The Hill's Campaign Report: Wisconsin votes despite coronavirus pandemic MORE (Ga.), Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikBottom line Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill Lawmakers press IRS to get coronavirus checks to seniors MORE (N.Y.) and Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Americans with COVID-19 immunity may lead US back to work Trump shakes up White House communications team Kayleigh McEnany to take over as White House press secretary MORE (N.C.).

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

Morgan Chalfant contributed.