Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE said early Wednesday that it is “strange” political pundits are celebrating Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRyan pledges 'entitlement reform' in 2018 Richard Gere welcomes lawmakers' words of support for Tibet Dem lawmaker gives McConnell's tax reform op-ed a failing grade MORE’s third-place showing in Iowa’s caucuses.

“I said, ‘Why are they so excited about Marco’s third place finish?’” Trump asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

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“I said to myself, ‘That’s strange,’” he continued. "In fact, you would have though he had won. I came in second, he came in third, and his is a tremendous victory and mine’s not.

“It’s interesting that Marco came in third place and it’s one of the great victories in the history of politics. They said, ‘No, no, his is, but yours isn’t.' And I said, ‘Oh, that’s wonderful.' I didn’t understand that.”

Trump then argued that the gap between his results and Rubio is much wider than widely acknowledged.

“People said Rubio was right next to me,” he said. "Well, he was more than 2,000 votes away. That’s a lot of votes.

“Don’t forget, in the history of Iowa, I got the most votes, other than one person, Ted [Cruz]. ...  I got a tremendous amount of votes, nobody came close.”

Trump added that he is pleased with his results in Iowa last Monday night given he has never campaigned for elected office before.

“I think we did very well,” he said. "I’m like a rookie, and I’m learning fast. Hey, look, there were many governors and senators in Iowa that would have loved to have that second-place finish.”