The Democratic House Speaker told a news conference that she prayed “hard for him because he’s so off the track”.
Ms Pelosi called Mr Trump’s Tuesday address “appalling,” telling reporters she thought the policy parts of the big speech were totally out of line with “reality”.
About ripping up her copy of his speech before he had even left the dais in the House chamber, Ms Pelosi said, “I feel very liberated.”
The California Democrat reminded reporters her caucus’s top goals are reducing prescription drug prices, increasing wages and fostering a better-functioning federal apparatus. Two out of three, she predicted, are possible even amid the boiling bad blood with the president.
“Cleaner government, no,” Ms Pelosi said. “That’s not something that he or the [administration] has as a value.”
She vowed House Democrats will continue to do oversight and investigations of the Trump administration. A day earlier, Mr McConnell said he has no intention of standing in the way of his GOP committee chairs who might want to probe Democrats.
The speaker took umbrage with remarks the president’s made earlier Thursday at a prayer breakfast event in Washington.
“I don’t like people who use their faith for justifying doing what they know is wrong,” Mr Trump said, alluding to Senator Mitt Romney, who was the lone Republican senator to vote with Democrats to remove him from office for abusing his power. Mr Romney said his Mormon faith, because he swore an oath to god before the impeachment trial, could do nothing but vote to remove Mr Trump.
Ms Pelosi said that comment was “particularly without class.”
“It’s so inappropriate at a prayer breakfast,” she said. “He’s talking about things he knows little about: faith and prayer.”