MSNBC Guest: Trump 'Not Graceful In Victory' During Iran Press Conference

January 8, 2020

Daily Beast columnist Margaret Carlson on Wednesday criticized President Donald Trump for not being "graceful in victory" during his press conference addressing Iran's missile strikes on U.S. air bases in Iraq.

"He certainly doesn't want to ask for help from our NATO allies. He doesn't like our NATO allies and he's repelled them," Carlson said on MSNBC. "In other parts, he's reading from the teleprompter. It's not his best way to communicate and talking about more sanctions. He's not a graceful winner if you want to call this even a short win. He's not graceful in victory."

She criticized Trump's comments, adding that she felt like the press conference felt like a "hostage tape" to her.

During his address, Trump said the United States would immediately impose economic sanctions on Iran until they change their behavior.

"These powerful sanctions will remain until Iran changes its behavior. In recent months alone, Iran has seized ships in international waters, fired an unprovoked strike on Saudi Arabia and shot down two U.S. drones," Trump said. "Iran’s hostilities substantially increased after the foolish Iran nuclear deal was signed in 2013, and they were given $150 billion, not to mention $1.8 billion in cash."