By Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch
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.
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.
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.”