WATCH: 'We Look So Desperate, and It's a Disgrace,' Says Donald Trump on Iran Deal

Republican presidential candidate weighed in on the Iran nuclear deal signed yesterday by the U.S. and world powers.

Donald Trump April 25, 2011 (AP)
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MSNBC transcript:

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BRZEZINSKI: Joining us on the phone, Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

Donald, you're also the author of The Art of the Deal, so why don't you tell us what you think of the deal with Iran?

TRUMP: Well, they didn't read The Art of the Deal. 

Most people did, they didn't. It's a ridiculous deal. Even a thing like, you know, nuclear's so important and stopping nuclear proliferation, which just as likely will enhance, but so important. 

But something like at the beginning when they were discussing it, we had three prisoners, we now have four prisoners. 

Automatically you say, listen, not going to do you any good, release the prisoners would send a great signal to everybody. 

You don't care about them, but we do, important for the United States. Just release the prisoners. Now, if that's delivered by the right messenger, they would have done it a long time ago. Amazingly, they -- I don't think that Kerry brought it up. 

It sounds like he never even brought it up. He said, "One thing has nothing to do with the other."

The other thing is, giving billions and billions of dollars to them, releasing the money before you even do the deal where they're getting billions of dollars, they are going to be so rich and so powerful. And, you know, when you talk about the deal itself, any time, anywhere, you have to go in and inspect any time, anywhere. Now, they have a 24-day notice provision. 

Give a 24-day notice to go in and inspect? 

I think it's made by people that are incompetent, and it might very well get by because probably the veto is, you know, it's going to be -- he's in pretty good shape in terms of that, but I think it's a disgrace and we should have doubled up the sanctions and we should have made a deal with.

We were dealing from desperation. We look so desperate, and it's a disgrace.

I think the deal is absolutely something. I love the idea of a deal. 

But it's not a well negotiated deal. We should have doubled up the sanctions and made a much better deal.