By Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi exploded at a reporter Thursday when asked if she “hates” President Donald Trump, in a heated exchange that came after she called for impeachment articles to be drawn up.
‘As a Catholic, I resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me. I don’t hate anyone ... So, don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that.’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Pelosi was asked the question at a news conference by James Rosen, a reporter for conservative-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group /zigman2/quotes/208678879/composite SBGI -3.16% .
Rosen noted in his question that Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, has said Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into Trump is based on dislike of the president. “It’s an important point,” Rosen said to the California Democrat.
Pelosi said she doesn’t hate anybody and told reporters she prays for Trump.
Watch the entire exchange:
The testy exchange came on the same day Pelosi said she was asking the House Judiciary Committee and other key panels to proceed with drafting articles of impeachment against the president.
Trump insists he has done nothing wrong and on Thursday said Democrats should hurry up with their impeachment proceedings so a Senate trial can be held and the country can get “back to business.”