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Trump: Congress Should Expunge Impeachment, Terrible to Rip up SOTU Speech

President Donald Trump said that Congress should expunge impeachment from his record after he was acquitted Wednesday in the Senate trial, while telling reporters that House Speaker Nancy Pelosis (D-Calif.) move to rip up his State of the Union speech on Tuesday was “disrespectful to the country.”

“I thought it was a terrible thing,” Trump told reporters on Friday. “Its illegal what she did. She broke the law.”

Legal experts, however, have said that ripping up the speech wasnt illegal because it was a copy and not an official record.

The president said Friday that he didnt know Pelosi ripped the copy of his speech until members of Congress spoke to him about it as he left the chamber.

“I didnt know that she did it until I was walking out,” he said, adding that some of “the congressmen and women said, Can you believe what she just did?'”

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) rips up the speech of President Donald Trump after his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Feb. 4, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Pelosi said at a press conference that she ripped the speech to call awareness to what she said were falsehoods contained within.

“I tore up a manifesto of mistruths,” she told reporters on Thursday. “It was necessary to get the attention of the American people to say, This is not true. And this is how it affects you.”

“It was, in my view, a manifesto of mistruths, of falsehoods, blatantly, really dangerous to the well-being of the American people if they believed in what he said,” she added. “So again, we do not want the chamber of the House of Representatives to be used as a backdrop of his reality shows with unreality in his presentation.”

Both Pelosi and Trump issued publicly televised statements on Thursday and attacked one another, suggesting that—along with Pelosis Tuesday night move to tear up the speech—tensions between the White House and congressional Democrats will not abate any time soon.

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