Trump Inaccurately Remembers Where He Recently Launched 59 Missiles
Apr 13 2017
The strike, which was in response a chemical attack on a rebel-held town that the United States has blamed on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has been widely praised by the worldwide community, but denied by Russian Federation, a close Assad ally.
Donald Trump has described how he boasted about ordering a missile strike in Syria to the Chinese president while eating "the most lovely piece of chocolate cake".
Trump said that at about that time he had received a message "from the generals".
The President said the discussion occurred over the "most attractive piece of chocolate cake that you've ever seen".
"So what happens is I said 'we've just launched 59 missiles heading to Iraq and I wanted you to know this, '" Trump said in the interview.
US President Donald Trump gave an intimate account of his state of mind as he ordered the launch of 59 Tomahawk missiles on Syria last week, and implied that China's leader Xi Jinping agreed with his decision.
During an interview with anchor Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business'Mornings with Maria that aired Wednesday, the business mogul discussed the setting in which he shared the news with the foreign leaders as well as President Xi's reaction. "But first, we need to know whether Trump intends to seek the removal of President Assad".
While it's unclear if this was just a slip of the tongue, it's important to note that Iraq and Syria are two very different countries.
"It's so incredible. It's brilliant", Trump agreed.
"He paused for 10 seconds, then he asked the interpreter to please say it again".
"Yes, heading toward Syria, and I want you to know that", Trump said, recalling what he had told Xi. Our technology, our equipment, is better than anybody by a factor of five. I mean look, we have, in terms of technology, nobody can even come close to competing, " said Trump.
Asked how the leader of China, which alongside Russian Federation has repeatedly blocked United Nations resolutions targeting the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, had reacted, Trump said: "He paused for 10 seconds and then he asked the interpreter to please say it again - I didn't think that was a good sign". Meanwhile, Twitter has found it somewhat concerning that Trump remembered more about the chocolate cake he was eating than the country he was bombing.