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

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Trump should accept election results 'like a man' The spectre of pension failures haunts this election Microsoft: Iranian hacking group targeting attendees of major international security conferences MORE (D-Calif.) blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline 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.


“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 RomneyThe spectre of pension failures haunts this election The Memo: Five reasons why Trump could upset the odds Will anyone from the left realize why Trump won — again? 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.”