Trump says what he learned from impeachment is that 'Democrats are crooked'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House MORE told reporters Wednesday that he learned from his impeachment that Democrats are “crooked” and “vicious.”

Trump was asked by reporters in the Oval Office what he had learned from his impeachment by the Democrat-controlled House.  

“That the Democrats are crooked,” Trump replied. “They’ve got a lot of crooked things going, that they’re vicious, that they shouldn’t have brought impeachment and that my poll numbers are 10 points higher because of fake news like NBC.”

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The president was acquitted of charges he abused his power and obstructed Congress in two votes that fell almost strictly along party lines last week in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Trump made the remarks during an Oval Office meeting with Ecuador’s president Wednesday afternoon. 

Some Republican senators who have been critical of Trump’s conduct at the center of the impeachment case while voting to acquit him said they hoped the president would learn a lesson as a result of his impeachment. Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGOP presses for swift Ratcliffe confirmation to intel post Campaigns pivot toward health awareness as races sidelined by coronavirus Senate eyes quick exit after vote on coronavirus stimulus package MORE (R-Maine) asserted last week that Trump had learned a lesson from impeachment, a remark she later said was “aspirational.”

Trump has repeatedly insisted that his phone call with Ukraine’s president that the impeachment case centered on was “perfect.” On the July 25 call, Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the business dealings of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Top Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden spar over coronavirus response MORE and his son Hunter Biden with Ukraine.

The House of Representatives subsequently approved articles of impeachment accusing him of abusing his power by pressuring Kyiv for politically motivated investigations and of obstructing the congressional inquiry into his dealings with Ukraine. House Republicans were united in opposition to impeachment when it was put to a vote in December.

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Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGranting cash payments is a conservative principle 7 things to know about the coronavirus stimulus package Scarborough rips Trump for mocking Romney's negative coronavirus test: 'Could have been a death sentence' MORE (R-Utah) was the lone GOP senator to vote with Senate Democrats in favor of removing Trump from office over the abuse of power allegation in the vote last Wednesday.

Trump’s legal team sought to poke holes in Democrats’ case while arguing that the articles fell short of alleging impeachable offenses and that Democrats were motivated by partisan interests in their decision to impeach Trump in the first place.

Trump has celebrated his acquittal in recent days while eviscerating his opponents, including Romney and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMeadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House Pelosi floats undoing SALT deduction cap in next coronavirus bill Overnight Health Care: More states order residents to stay at home | Trump looks to sell public on coronavirus response | Judges block Ohio, Texas abortion bans | Dems eye infrastructure in next relief bill MORE (D-Calif.), who was a central figure in the decision to move forward with impeachment in the lower chamber.