In an interview with Fox Business, U.S. President Donald Trump seemed to have a clearer memory of dessert than a country he just bombed.
When asked by a positively gushing Maria Bartiromo what was happening while the U.S. launched strikes on Syria, Trump replied:
“I was sitting at the table. We had finished dinner. We are now having dessert. And we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you have ever seen. And President Xi was enjoying it.”
As a billionaire, you would think that Trump must have seen some pretty decent cake in his time so this is really saying something. Trump continued:
“And I was given the message from the generals that the ships are locked and loaded. What do you do? And we made a determination to do it. So the missiles were on the way.”
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) April 12, 2017
Trump then embarked on a small aside in which he praised the weapons used, calling them “brilliant” and “genius”. He also took the opportunity to throw a quick jab at the previous administration, which Trump asserts “cut back” on the military and was involved in the “disaster” in Iraq.
For the record, NPR’s Fact Check states that while military spending did go down under Obama, the situation is complicated. The U.S. military budget is far from being gutted but, as usual, Trump chooses hyperbole over a more measured assessment.
Getting back on topic, Trump said that he turned to Chinese President Xi Jinping and said:
“We’ve just launched 59 missiles heading to Iraq.”
“[stutter] Heading to Syria”, Bartiromo corrected.
“Yes, heading toward Syria,” Trump said.
According to Trump, Xi responded with agreement:
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. “And he said to me, anybody that uses gases – you could almost say, or anything else – but anybody that was so brutal and uses gases to do that to young children and babies, it’s OK. He was OK with it. He was OK.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be too hard on Trump this time. After all, Syria and Iraq are neighbors and he probably mixed them up because he just mentioned Iraq.
Also, it’s really hard to remember details such as which country you bombed when there is such damn good chocolate cake on the table.