Trump: Pelosi Had 'Venom Coming Out of Her Ears' Over Impeachment Acquittal
President recalls Nancy Pelosi saying Trump will be 'impeached for life'
President Donald Trump has shredded Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's reaction to his impeachment acquittal, saying she had "venom coming out of her ears" when saying he would be "impeached for life."
President Trump blasted Speaker Pelosi during a new interview with Geraldo Rivera.
Trump described the Democrat leader as being filled with "hatred" throughout her party's impeachment campaign.
He also accused her of "mumbling" behind his back during his State of the Union address.
Rivera asked the president about Pelosi's "impeached for life" comment, and Trump quickly agreed with the idea that it was made "sadistically."
"No, she is a person that started on impeachment and lost. So she goes down as a loser, which she is," Trump began.
"It was said sadistically," the president continued.
"If you watch the way she says that with the hatred and the venom coming out of her ears, you just take a look at that the hatred that was pouring her when she said that," Trump said.
"My wife was sitting here and watched it and she said ‘Oh my, that was horrible.'"
It was a rare telling by the president of something his wife told him on such a public matter.
Pelosi, who first resisted and then helped orchestrate Trump's impeachment, told ABC's 'This Week' in January: "This president is impeached for life regardless of any gamesmanship on the part of Mitch McConnell," the Senate Majority Leader who set up the rules.
"There is nothing the Senate can do to ever erase that," she said.
Trump was acquitted of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress during his trial.
Trump blasted Megyn Kelly in 2015 during a Fox News presidential debate after she asked him a series of tough questions about his alleged treatment of women.
Rivera asked how the first lady handled the situation.
"It was hard," Trump said, before quickly shifting to going after his opponents.
He went on about not just Pelosi's words but the way she delivered them in his extended conversation with Rivera.
"The way she said it was so bad. It wasn’t just the words," Trump said.
"It was the craziness. And then to have her sitting behind me at the State of the Union mumbling all night long."
He claimed she was "talking to me but under her breath."
Vice President Mike Pence made a similar claim in an interview Wednesday.
"For my family, it was a very tough thing," Trump said of impeachment.
"It just made my job so much busier," he said.
Trump once again teed off on Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who was escorted off the White House premise last week as part of a post-impeachment purge.
Rivera asked the president why so many people are allowed to listen to his calls – a reference to the phalanx of note-takers who are on the line when the president calls a foreign leader.
"That’s what they’ve done over the years. When you call a foreign leader, people listen. I may end the practice entirely," Trump said.
"I may end it entirely. Sometimes you have 25 people."
"When we took him out of the building, the building applauded," Trump said of Vindman.
Rivera told him he had not heard that.
Trump also defended his intervention in the Roger Stone case, after four prosecutors withdrew from it when the Justice Department did a turnaround after seeking a prison sentence of up to nine years.
"These were Mueller people," Trump said.
"It probably should be expunged," he said.
"The dossier now is totally fake."
Trump pushed back when Rivera asked if it was strange to send personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine, where he pushed for a probe of the Bidens.
"Rudy is totally on his game," Trump said.