Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ MORE said early Wednesday that it is “strange” political pundits are celebrating Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Trump faces blowback over report he discussed leaving NATO | Pentagon extends mission on border | Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions Rubio slams NY Times for 'absurd criticism' of Bolton over Iran 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.”