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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants 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 CollinsSusan Collins in statistical tie with Democratic challenger: poll Ernst endorses bipartisan Grassley-Wyden bill to lower drug prices Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony 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 BidenBiden leads Sanders by single digits in South Carolina: poll Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Biden will go after Bloomberg, Sanders at Las Vegas debate, aides say 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 RomneyTrump looms as flashpoint in Alabama Senate battle Mellman: Primary elections aren't general elections On The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare 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 PelosiDon't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Hillicon Valley: Officials worry about Nevada caucus technology after Iowa | Pelosi joins pressure campaign on Huawei | Workers at Kickstarter vote to unionize | Bezos launches B climate initiative Pelosi joins pressure campaign on Huawei MORE (D-Calif.), who was a central figure in the decision to move forward with impeachment in the lower chamber.