‘Praise Iran’: Geraldo Rivera couldn’t praise Trump without praising Iran first … literally

Geraldo Rivera was blasted on social media amid a debate he sparked when he praised both President Trump and Iran for exercising “restraint” in the latest escalation of tensions.

Following tense hours as the nation waited to hear from Trump after Iran launched more than a dozen missiles on the joint US-Iraqi Al-Asad airbase on Tuesday, Rivera tweeted out a message of relief.

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“Praise #Iran for intentionally missing US forces they could easily have targeted last night,” he wrote, referring to as many as 15 ballistic missiles that Iran rained down on two joint U.S.-Iraqi military bases without resulting in any casualties.

“And praise too @realDonaldTrump for his restraint, in not tit-for-tatting with a counter-strike vs Iran in retaliation for their missiles,” Rivera added.

“We suffered no casualties, all of our soldiers are safe, and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases,” the president said in an address to the nation Wednesday, adding that Iran “appears to be standing down.”

“No American or Iraqi lives were lost because of the precautions taken, the dispersal of forces and an early warning system that worked very well,” he said as he praised the “incredible skill and courage of America’s men and women in uniform.”

He also noted that Iran’s “standing down” was a “good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world.”

Some have speculated that Iran deliberately moved in a way to avoid killing Americans, knowing that Trump would have unleashed a deadly retaliation by U.S. forces.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appeared to play the victim, tweeting that the nation “took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense,” though he acknowledged “we do not seek escalation or war.”

“A war with Iran would be a loser for everyone,” Rivera had concluded in his tweet.

But the loser in that comment was apparently the Fox News correspondent who was quickly called out on Twitter.

Some attempted to inject some understanding of where Rivera was coming from with his comment.

The veteran journalist has been vocally urging the president against escalating things with Iran following the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani in a Trump-ordered airstrike last week.

But many were angered by Rivera’s choice to offer Iran “praise” for anything, let alone launching missile attacks.

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