PALM BEACH, Fla. – President Donald Trump lashed out again Tuesday at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other Democrats involved in his impeachment after a teleconference in which he exchanged holiday greetings with members of the military stationed around the globe from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
"She hates the Republican Party," Trump said of Pelosi, predicting that she would lose her speakership. "She hates all of the people who voted for me and the Republican Party. … She's doing a tremendous disservice to the country."
Speaking to reporters who had just witnessed his teleconference, Trump aired an array of grievances about the impeachment process, claiming that Democrats "had no evidence at all" about misconduct in his dealings with Ukraine and that he is "in a very good position" as he faces a trial in the Senate.
His comments come amid a standoff regarding the timing and scope of a Senate trial. Pelosi has declined to send the two articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — to the Senate yet as Democrats demand more information about the parameters of a trial.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has requested subpoenas for witnesses and documents that were not part of the House impeachment inquiry because of stonewalling by the White House.
"Now they come to the Senate and they want everything," Trump said, repeating claims that he did not receive "due process" in the House proceedings.
Trump was invited to participate in the House Judiciary Committee hearings but refused to do so.
Trump also again took aim Tuesday at House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a key player in gathering evidence, calling him "a sick, corrupt politician."
"Fortunately we have a president who was able to plow through all of the stuff that went on and that goes on," Trump said.
During his remarks, Trump also responded to reports that North Korea's Kim Jong Un could deliver a Christmas surprise to the United States with some kind of missile test.
"Everybody's got surprises for me. … I handle them as they come along," Trump said. "Maybe it's a nice present. Maybe it's a present where he sends me a beautiful vase as opposed to a missile test, right? I may get a vase. I may get a nice present from him."
During his phone call with representatives from the military, Trump repeatedly stated that he had rebuilt the armed forces, and asked service members on the other end of the line to confirm that they had seen a marked improvement in equipment and resources since his election.
"You feel a lot different than you did three years ago, Frank?" Trump asked Cmdr. Frank Azzarello aboard the destroyer USS Forrest Sherman in the Gulf of Aden.
"Yes sir," Azzarello replied.
Asked whether he would offer a pardon for his longtime confidant Roger Stone, Trump said he hadn't considered it — before asserting that Stone was "a nice guy" who had been mistreated by prosecutors.
Stone was convicted last month of tampering with a witness and lying to Congress about his efforts to learn of hacked Democratic e-mails during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. He faces up to 50 years in prison on seven felony counts.