"And we made a determination to do it, so the missiles were on the way".
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.
"The president said he was sitting at the table with Xi and had just finished dinner". Trump laid part of the blame for the horrific mass murder on the Obama presidency, claiming that the attack was "a outcome of the past administration's weakness and irresolution".
"I said we've just launched 59 missiles heading to Iraq", Trump said, before Bartiromo asked him if he had meant to say they were heading to Syria.
"It's so incredible, it's brilliant, it's genius".
"So what happens is I say we have just launched 59 missiles headed to Iraq..."
"Yes, heading toward Syria, and I want you to know that", Trump went on, explaining that he didn't want Xi to go home for the night only to find out from someone else about the bombing.
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During an interview on Fox Business, Trump was asked about the fact that he was with the Chinese president when the USA launched the airstrikes on Syria in retaliation for a chemical attack last week in northern Syria that killed dozens of civilians.
But while the president had the opportunity to delve into important national issues, the president appeared to give more detail about eating chocolate cake with the leader of China than he did to important domestic issues, like filling hundreds of current vacancies in his administration.
"Heading to Syria", she says. "We're nearly finished and I, what does he do, finish his dessert and go home", Trump asked rhetorically.
"Then he said to me".
"He paused for 10 seconds, then he asked the interpreter to please say it again. I think Syria would be a lot better off right now than it has been".
Soon afterward, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the United States would not be personally prioritizing the removal of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, who's been definitively held responsible for the nerve gas attack, but that "steps are underway" for a global collaborative effort to remove him from power.