Tuesday 16 January 2018

Donald Trump remembers the cake he was eating while launching missiles, but forgets country he was attacking

US President Donald Trump announcing the missile strikes on Syria last week. Photo: Alex BrandonAP
US President Donald Trump announcing the missile strikes on Syria last week. Photo: Alex BrandonAP
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

US President Donald Trump has surrounded himself in controversy again after he remembered the "beautiful chocolate cake" he was eating during the launch of the Syrian missiles, but forgets which country he sent them to.

In an interview with journalist Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business, Mr Trump said he was eating dinner with the Chinese President when the missiles were sent to Syria.

However, he tells Ms Bartiromo that the missiles were heading towards Iraq before he quickly corrects himself.

"I was sitting at the table, we had finished dinner," Mr Trump told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo. "We're now having dessert—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... So the missiles were on the way."

Mr Trump said he turned to President Xi and explained to him what was happening.

"We've just fired 59 missiles -all of which hit by the way- unbelievable from 100s of miles away. It was brilliant, genuis. What we have in terms of technology nobody can even come close to competing."

He continued to say that the military has been cut back and depleted so badly by "the past administration and by the war in Iraq which was another disaster".

"We've just launched 59 missiles heading to Iraq," Mr Trump said before journalist Bartiromo corrects him asking "heading to Syria?".

"Yes, heading towards Syria," he corrects himself.

Mr Trump said the Chinese President paused and got his interpreter to translate for a second time.

"He said to me anybody that uses gas to do that to young children and babies it's ok. He was ok with it."

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