Donald Trump boasts that he bombed Syrian airbase while tucking into ‘a beautiful piece’ of CHOCOLATE CAKE
DONALD Trump boasted that he unleashed the 59-missile strike on Assad’s Syrian airbase while tucking into a “beautiful piece of chocolate cake”.
The US President revealed his gave the order to fire the Tomahawk cruise missiles while having dessert with visiting Chinese leader Xi Jinping at his Florida golf resort.
While recounting the story to Fox Business, Trump confused Syria and Iraq, mistakenly saying he launched missiles at Iraq.
“We had finished dinner. We’re now having dessert,” Trump said.
“And we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen, and President Xi was enjoying it.
“I was given the message from the generals that the ships are locked and loaded and we made a determination to do it, so the missiles were on the way.
“I said, ‘Mr President, let me explain something to you’. This was during dessert.
“’We have just fired 59 missiles’, all of which hit by the way, unbelievable from hundreds of miles away.
“What we have in terms of technology, nobody can even come close to competing… So what happens is, I say: ‘We have just launched 59 missiles headed to Iraq’.”
Host Maria Bartiromo was forced to correct his mistake, saying: “Heading to Syria?”
Trump responded: “Yes, heading toward Syria.”
When asked how Mr Xi reacted, Trump said he paused for 10 seconds and then asked the interpreter to repeat what he had said.
“I didn’t think that was a good sign,” Trump said.
But then, Trump said Xi responded that he was “ok with it”.
Trump ordered the strike in response to the horrific sarin nerve gas attack in Syria last week.
Six Syrian soldiers were reportedly killed in the US revenge blitz on Assad’s air base.
The chemical attack and US revenge strike has heightened tensions between America and Syria’s close ally, Russia.
Trump has admitted the US is “not getting along with Russia at all” after his secretary of state said there is a “low level of trust” between the countries.
The US Secretary of State spoke with the President in the Kremlin for almost two hours following fraught discussions with Sergey Lavrov.
In a joint press conference after several hours of talks with Lavrov, Tillerson said relations between Moscow and Washington are “at a low point” and marked by serious distrust.
He said the United States is confident in its assessment that Syria used chemical weapons in a bombing last week and alleged that Syria has used such weapons more than 50 times in the past.
Lavrov said Moscow has no intention to shield anyone responsible for the latest chemical attack in Syria.
He told reporters a UN chemical weapons watchdog must conduct an “objective and unbiased probe” into the chemical attack that killed dozens of people.
But Lavrov reaffirmed Russia’s view that the Syrian government wasn’t responsible for the attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in northern Syria.
Moscow has insisted that the civilians who died there were killed by toxic agents released from a rebel chemical arsenal struck by Syrian warplanes.
Lavrov warned against an international effort to remove Assad from power, citing the Western experience in Iraq and Libya to argue that the ouster of autocratic rulers by external forces leads to chaos.
He insisted that Russia wasn’t holding on to Assad, but supports dialogue between various Syrian factions to determine the country’s future and to preserve it as a united, secular state.
Lavrov spoke Wednesday after several hours of talks with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that focused on tensions in Syria following a deadly chemical attack there.
He sought to downplay the rift with the U.S. on Syria and other issues, saying that differences between Moscow and Washington aren’t insurmountable.
He added that Moscow and Washington understand each other better after the talks.
Tillerson says he did not discuss changes in sanctions against Russia during his meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
President Donald Trump’s repeated campaign calls for improving relations with Russia had led to speculation that Washington might remove or dilute sanctions imposed against Russia for its interference in Ukraine, including the annexation of Crimea.
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