Donald Trump has told Fox that he made the decision to launch last week's missile strike on a Syrian airbase while he ate "the most handsome piece of chocolate cake" with China's president.
An interview between Trump and FOX Business Network's Maria Bartiromo aired on Wednesday morning, and included a few contextual descriptions from the president on the play-by-play of the Syrian airstrike decision. Talking to Maria Bartiromo, he said that he was having dinner with Chinese President with Xi Jinping and had just started having "a attractive chocolate cake", when the generals told him that the ships were "locked and loaded" for the attack. "So what I said [to Xi] is 'we've just launched 59 missiles heading to Iraq'".
Trump approved the missile strike against a Syrian air base while in the midst of a prolonged meeting with Xi Jinping at his Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago estate, serving as the southern White House.
"Because I didn't want him to go home, we were nearly finished, it was a full day in Palm Beach".
"I was given the message from the generals that the ships are locked and loadedâ€¦ and we made a determination to do it, so the missiles were on the way".
Almost finished, Trump mistakenly said the strike targeted Iraq. Trump said that Xi was also enjoying his dessert.
The chemical attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April killed 87 people, many of them children.
Trump, in his interview, said all 59 missiles fired hit their targets and called the display of military prowess "unbelievable", "amazing", "incredible", "brilliant" and "genius". "No one can even come close to competing", he said.
Mr Trump pauses briefly, before confirming that yes, it was Syria he ordered bombed, and then recounts Mr Xi's response. 'Anybody that was so brutal and uses gas to do that to young children and babies - it's okay.
"And then he asked the interpreter to please say it again". We had a great chemistry, I think ...