Last week, when the United State launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield in response to a chemical attack blamed on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, President Donald Trump was hosting the Chinese president at Mar-a-Lago.
Well, during an interview with Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo that aired on Wednesday, the president was asked how he informed President Xi Jinping about the military strikes and if this was planned ahead of time.
In typical Trumpian fashion, POTUS first expounded on how everyone wants to know the answer before buttering up Bartiromo, letting her know he’d give her the scoop because she’s always treated him so well.
“I was sitting at the table,” Trump stated. “We had finished dinner. We were now having dessert. And we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen. And President Xi was enjoying it.”
Trump says he told President Xi about US missile strikes in Syria over “the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake” pic.twitter.com/CTKtXBl9nI
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Trump let Bartiromo know that the generals then came in and advised him that the ships were “locked” and ready to go. After making the determination to strike, the president then noted that he talked to Xi about what had just occurred. (He also didn’t seem to know where the missiles were headed, saying they were on their way to Iraq. Bartiromo helpfully assisted him in remembering that it was Syria.)
POTUS then spent another minute or so gushing about the how awesome the strike was, the capability of the military, and how he was going to make things even better. As far as how Xi reacted to the action taken by the US, trump explained that Xi said he was OK with it because of the gassing of “young children and babies.”