Trump's warning on impeachment payback: 'You'll see'

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday that his impeachment should be invalidated, and he gave an ominous warning when asked how he'll pay back those responsible, saying, "You'll see."

“Should they expunge the impeachment in the House? They should because it was a hoax,” Trump told reporters on the White House before departing on Marine One.

When asked about his press secretary's comments that Trump was suggesting in his remarks Thursday on impeachment that his Democratic political opponents "should be held accountable," Trump said, "Well, you'll see. I mean, we'll see what happens."

Trump showed little sign of wanting to mend fences with Democrats, saying they suffer from “Trump derangement syndrome" and that there is "a lot of evil on that side.” When asked how he was going to unify the country following his devise impeachment, Trump said he would do it by “great success.”

"Our country today is more successful than it has ever been, and that's unifying the country," he said.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., right, arrives on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks towards the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., pauses as he speaks with reporters during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, looks out from an elevator on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., left, walks on Capitol Hill in Washington during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., stands at the top of an escalator on Capitol Hill in Washington during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., center, walks on Capitol Hill in Washington during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Trump legal team members Jane Raskin, left, and White House adviser and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi arrive on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks with reporters during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right, arrives on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Presiding officer Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, right, arrives on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., right, arrives on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., arrives on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., center, speaks with reporters during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
In this image from video, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts speaks before the vote in the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, presiding officer Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts reads the results of the vote on the first article of impeachment, abuse of power, during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. The Senate vote for not guilty was 52-48. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts arrives for the vote in the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
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Trump left open the possibility that the White House will dismiss Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, after he testified in Trump’s impeachment inquiry. Bloomberg News reported today that Vindman's removal was under consideration.

"Well, I'm not happy with him. Do you think I'm supposed to be happy with him? I'm not," Trump said, adding, "They'll make that decision. You'll be hearing — they'll make a decision."

When asked if he considers the frontrunners in the Democratic presidential primary a threat, Trump said, “Everybody's a threat. I view everybody as a threat.” But the president passed up the opportunity to attack any specific candidate, instead mocking Democrats for their delay in tabulating the results from the Iowa caucuses.

Trump also accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., of breaking the law by tearing up his State of the Union speech, an allegation that has been circulating in conservative media. Legal experts, however, dispute the notion that tearing up a copy of the president's speech amounts to destruction of an official government record.

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