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Trump rips ‘very unfair’ impeachment effort as he celebrates acquittal at White House

President thanks supporters, calls Pelosi ‘horrible person’ in defiant speech

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By Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch


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President Donald Trump arrives in the East Room of the White House on Thursday to celebrate his acquittal by the Senate on two articles of impeachment.

President Donald Trump on Thursday took a defiant victory lap in what he called a “celebration” at the White House, a day after the Senate voted mostly along party lines to acquit him in his impeachment trial.

“It’s been a very unfair situation,” Trump said, slamming Democrats’ efforts to remove him as part of a “witch hunt” that started when he began his run for the presidency.

Read: Trump acquitted by Senate, ending historic impeachment trial.

Trump freshly proclaimed no wrongdoing in his dealings with Ukraine, rebutting Democrats’ charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The president’s address followed an earlier appearance Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, where he bashed those who tried to remove him from office.

“As everybody knows, my family, our great country and your president have been put through a terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people,” Trump said, according to the Associated Press.

Read: Trump turns prayer breakfast into sustained attack on impeachment process and political foes.

Trump was acquitted a day after delivering his third State of the Union speech, in which he touted stock-market /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -0.58%   records and lambasted Democrats’ plans including “Medicare for All.” Trump in the address urged Congress to cooperate on lowering prescription drug prices /zigman2/quotes/200345932/composite PJP -0.61%   and called for rebuilding U.S. roads and bridges /zigman2/quotes/210170845/composite IFRA -0.87% .

His rift with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, however, suggested there is little appetite for bipartisanship as the 2020 election season kicks into high gear. Pelosi was seen tearing up a copy of his speech after Trump concluded his address. He began without shaking her outstretched hand.

Trump was surrounded in the East Room Thursday by backers including Reps. Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows, and cabinet secretaries including Attorney General William Barr and Treasury chief Steven Mnuchin. In his remarks, he called Pelosi a “horrible person.”

Also see: Trump hammers Democrats on health care, touts economy in State of the Union speech.

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Robert Schroeder is the White House reporter for MarketWatch. Follow him on Twitter @mktwrobs.

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