Pelosi: 'I don't know if the president understands about prayer or people who pray'

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump praises 'domination' of DC protesters Pelosi, Schumer say treatment of protesters outside White House 'dishonors every value that faith teaches us' Democrats call for Congress to take action following death of George Floyd MORE (D-Calif.) blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines Priest among those police cleared from St. John's Church patio for Trump visit Trump criticizes CNN on split-screen audio of Rose Garden address, protesters clashing with police MORE’s comments at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning in which he took a swipe at the Speaker's previous comments that she prayed for the president. 

“I don’t know if the president understands about prayer or people who pray,” Pelosi said Thursday at her weekly press conference. “I pray for the United States of America, I pray for him, I pray for President Bush still, President Obama ... because it’s a heavy responsibility ... I pray hard for him because he’s so off the track of our Constitution, our values, our country. ... He really needs our prayers. So he can say whatever he wants, but I do pray for him and I do so sincerely and without anguish, gently, that’s the way I pray for everybody else.”

Pelosi's comments during her weekly press conference were in response to remarks made by Trump at an event earlier that same day.

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

He also took an apparent swipe at Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneySenate Republicans urge Trump to tone down rhetoric on protests Congress flying blind: Why now is the time to revive the Office of Technology Assessment Trump asserts his power over Republicans MORE (R-Utah), the sole Republican to vote to convict Trump on the abuse of power article, who cited his faith in explaining his vote.

Pelosi criticized Trump’s comments on Romney, saying, “I thought what he said about Sen. Romney was particularly without class.”