Ted Lieu says he's praying for Trump after National Prayer Breakfast comments

Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuHouse Armed Services chairman calls for removal of Navy chief Overnight Defense: Trump 'may look into' dismissal of Navy captain | Acting Navy chief stands by speech calling ousted captain 'stupid' | Dems call for chief's firing | Hospital ship to take coronavirus patients Democratic lawmakers call for Navy chief's firing MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday he is praying for President TrumpDonald John TrumpOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report MORE after the president’s dismissive remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast about those who say exactly that.

The California Democrat was responding to the president’s remarks directed at Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWe need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Florida Democrat hits administration over small business loan rollout The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Dybul interview; Boris Johnson update MORE (D-Calif.) and Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyOutgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump selects White House lawyer for coronavirus inspector general 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 MORE (R-Utah), criticizing both for invoking their religion during the impeachment proceedings. 

"Your remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast were petty, small and godless," Lieu tweeted. "I will pray for you."


The president brought up the impeachment trial during the breakfast, which is traditionally known for focusing on bipartisanship, commending Republican lawmakers for having the “wisdom, fortitude and strength” to vote to acquit him. 

"I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong,” he said Thursday morning. “Nor do I like people who say ‘I pray for you’ when they know that’s not so.”


The Senate acquitted Trump mostly along party lines Wednesday after months of the impeachment process dominating Washington.

Romney voted to convict Trump on abuse of power but not obstruction of Congress. He was the only Republican senator who voted to convict the president, citing his religion. 


“I am a profoundly religious person. I take an oath before God as enormously consequential,” he said when announcing his vote.

The Utah senator has faced massive backlash from his party because of his decision, including from the president himself.

Pelosi has repeatedly said she prays for Trump and his family, a claim Trump has also dismissed in the past.