Trump celebrates victory in impeachment trial

President Trump thanked his Republican allies during a speech from the White House as he held up a cover of The Washington Post touting his acquittal.
3:18 | 02/07/20

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President trump unleashing today as he declared victory, after his acquittal in the senate impeachment trial. Holding up a copy of "The Washington post" with the banner headline touting his acquittal. But names names, as well. Tonight, the president, after attending a prayer breakfast, then unleashing profanity on live TV. Here's our chief white house correspondent Jonathan Karl. Reporter: The president came before his staunchest supporters and declared victory. It's a celebration, because we have something that just worked out. Reporter: A celebration, perhaps, but also an airing of grievances. We were treated unbelievably unfairly and you have to understand, we first went through Russia, Russia, Russia. It was all . Reporter: The president lavished praise on the Republicans who stood with him. And Mitch Mcconnell, I want to tell you, you did a fantastic job. Reporter: And he derided the lone Republican senator who voted to convict him. Utah's Mitt Romney, saying this to Utah's other senator, who was in the audience. And say hello to the people of Utah. And tell them I'm sorry about Mitt Romney. I'm sorry. Okay? Reporter: Romney has declared the president guilty of a, quote, appalling abuse of public trust, choking up when he said that his faith informed his decision. My faith is at the heart of who I am. Reporte the president mocked Romney's explanation. You have some that used religion as a crutch. They never used it before. So, things can happen when you fail so badly running for president. Reporter: Romney told "The New York Times" he knew he'd be attacked. In fact, it started before his vote. I was at the grocery store this weekend and, you know, guy went by me and said traitor. Reporter: The president spent much of the day attacking Romney and the speaker of the house, who was at a bipartisan prayer breakfast with the president this morning. Speaker Pelosi has say that he prays for the president. I don't like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong. Nor do I like people who say, I pray for you, when they know that that's not so. I don't know if the president understands about prayer or people who do pray, but we do pray for the United States of America, I pray for him. Jon Karl live at the white house tonight. And Jon, this evening, some top Republicans are urging the president, after marking his victory today, to now move on? Reporter: David, I spoke to several of the president's staunchest supporters there in the room with him today, who hoped he would take the acquittal and move on. Chuck grassley said that his message to the president is that America now needs a healer in chief, but the president made it clear today that he still wants vindication and payback. David? Jon Karl tonight.

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