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

Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuDemocrats, activists blast Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Lawmakers praise Biden for expected recognition of Armenian Genocide Overnight Defense: Top Pentagon nominee advances after Harris casts tie-breaker | Air Force general charged with sexual assault first to face court-martial | House passes bill to limit Saudi arms sales MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday he is praying for President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing 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 PelosiDefense lawyers for alleged Capitol rioters to get tours of U.S. Capitol Gaetz, Greene tout push to oust Cheney: 'Maybe we're the leaders' Free Speech Inc.: The Democratic Party finds a new but shaky faith in corporate free speech MORE (D-Calif.) and Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyBiden's elitist work-family policy won't work for most families The American Rescue Plan was a step toward universal basic income Cheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts 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.