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After impeachment acquittal, Trump’s bitter feud with Pelosi continues

On Thursday, President Trump declared victory, one day after his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial. He celebrated among supporters at the White House and claimed Democrats had conducted “corrupt” investigations. Hours earlier, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters at a news conference that she prays for the president, and that his impeachment will stand forever. Judy Woodruff reports.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    The bitter feud between President Trump and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi played out in real time before television cameras today.

    The president claimed victory one day after his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial. He celebrated the day among supporters at the White House and shot back at Democrats for — quote — "corrupt investigations."

  • President Donald Trump:

    We went through hell unfairly. Did nothing wrong. Did nothing wrong. I've done things wrong in my life, I will admit, not purposely.

    (LAUGHTER)

  • President Donald Trump:

    But I've done things wrong. But this is what the end result is.

    (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

  • President Donald Trump:

    Now we have that gorgeous word. I never thought a word would sound so good. It's called total acquittal.

    We have been going through this now for over three years. It was evil. It was corrupt. It was dirty cops. It was leakers and liars.

    And this should never, ever happen to another president, ever.

    Nancy Pelosi is a horrible person.

    And she wanted to impeach a long time ago. When she said, I pray for the president, I pray for the president, she doesn't pray. She may pray, but she prays for the opposite.

    (LAUGHTER)

  • President Donald Trump:

    But I doubt she prays at all. And these are vicious people.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    An hour earlier, House Speaker Pelosi lambasted Mr. Trump at a news conference. She told reporters that she does pray for him, and that, despite the Senate's verdict, his impeachment by the House will stand forever.

  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.:

    He's so off the track of our Constitution, our values, our country, the air our children breathe, the water they drink, and the rest. He really needs our prayers.

    So, he can say whatever he wants. He can say whatever he wants. But I do pray for him, and I do so sincerely and without anguish.

    He's impeached forever, no matter what he says or whatever headlines he wants to carry around. You're impeached forever. You're never getting rid of that scar. And history will always record that you were impeached for undermining the security of our country, jeopardizing the integrity of our elections, and violating the Constitution of the United States.

    Next year, we will have a new president of the United States. That is an absolute imperative for our country.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    We will talk to historians later in the program to examine this moment of political divide.

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