Fox News' Bret Baier Blames Democrats' Criticisms of Trump Over Iran on 'Trump Derangement Syndrome'

Fox News anchor Bret Baier raised the possibility Wednesday that negative responses from Democrats to President Donald Trump's handling of military actions against Iran may have something to do with "Trump Derangement Syndrome" (TDS).

While not an actual medical condition, TDS has been used by Republicans to explain away criticisms of Trump that seem over-the-top or irrational.

Baier brought the term into his conversation with Fox anchor Bill Hemmer while discussing his viewpoint that "this president doesn't get credit when something goes right," referring to the Iran situation.

"Originally, as this all was happening, it was going to be World War III," Baier said. "'[Trump is] starting World War III and there's no strategy here.' Now, we saw what Iran did in response. We see what the U.S. is saying in response to that. And you wonder whether Trump Derangement Syndrome factors into some of the responses you hear publicly here in Washington."

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Fox News host Bret Baier said Wednesday that criticisms leveled at President Donald Trump over his administration's handling of military actions in Iran may be due to "Trump Derangement Syndrome." Chip Somodevilla/Getty

"So here's the thing... 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' is something that goes back to [conservative columnist Dr. Charles] Krauthammer's 'Bush Derangement Syndrome,' a fake diagnosis he created to mock people who thought we shouldn't go to war with Iraq," tweeted Media Matters for America editor-at-large Parker Molloy. "So actually, this is perfect."

"Covering things fairly means you point out the good- the bad & the ugly," Baier tweeted on the day of the broadcast. "Noting when critics make legitimate points & when something goes well or the President looks well positioned after an action or statement- you acknowledge that too- u call balls and strikes."

Washington Democrats have been critical of the administration's approach to the recent tension between the U.S. and Iraq, particularly after the Trump-authorized drone strike that killed Iranian Major General Qassem Suleimani at an airport in Baghdad, Iraq on January 2.

Even though the president has promised that sanctions will be placed against Iran, Trump has been accused of not having a fully thought-out plan in regard to future policy. After saying he wanted to pull U.S. troops out of the Middle East, Trump deployed more troops to the region.

Congressman Seth Moulton told MSNBC Wednesday that "this administration has no strategy to deal with Iran."

Democrats were also incensed after an intelligence briefing by Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Moulton described as "quite vague."

"These two cabinet secretaries, literally sitting next to each other in this briefing, couldn't even agree on what the three prime policy goals of the administration are with regards to Iran," Moulton said. "We need a strategy. We need to know what happens next, and the administration hasn't provided that."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that the House would conduct a vote on Thursday on a measure that would give Trump 30 days to stop military actions against Iran. Congress would have to vote to authorize a longer timeframe.

In a Wednesday statement Pelosi said, "The president has made clear that he does not have a coherent strategy to keep the American people safe, achieve deescalation with Iran and ensure stability in the region."