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President Trump celebrates acquittal

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First officials remarks include praise for supporters and criticism for opponents - NBC News' Alice Barr reports

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KYMA/KECY/NBC News) - President Bill Clinton apologized to the public after he was acquitted on impeachment charges - on Thursday President Donald Trump took a different approach.

The President claimed victory at the White House, holding up the headline proclaiming his acquittal.

"You can take that home honey, maybe we'll frame it." Trump said.

The President slammed the investigation into his action in Ukraine...

"It was evil, corrupt, dirty cops, it was leakers and liars."

And heaped praise on his allies.

"You did a fantastic job."

Trump belittled Senator Mitt Romney for being the only person to vote against him. He also hurled insults at his critics.

"Adam Schiff is a vicious, horrible person. Nancy Pelosi is a horrible person."

The President even accused Speaker Pelosi of pretending to pray for him.

"She may pray but she prays for the opposite. But I doubt she prays at all."

Just Thursday morning, the pair came face to face at the national prayer breakfast, the President using the stage as a bully pulpit.

"They have done everything possible to destroy us."

But Speaker Pelosi insists she does pray for the President.

"I pray hard for him because he's so off the track of our Constitution, our values, our country." said Pelosi.

She also rained on his victory parade, saying, "You're impeached forever. You're never getting rid of that scar."

But, surrounded by his supporters, Trump's only apology was to his family.

"For having to go through the phony rotten deal."

Clearly ready for battle and looking forward to the November election.

2020 Presidential Election / National-World / Politics / Top Stories / Video

Lisa Sturgis

Lisa Sturgis recently returned to KYMA as its Digital Content Director, but she has a long history with the Desert Southwest.

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