By Ryan Teague Beckwith
April 12, 2017

President Trump told the President of China about the Syrian airstrikes over chocolate cake.

In an interview on Fox Business, Trump said that he and Xi Jinping were having dessert at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida when he learned that the airstrikes would be starting soon.

“We had finished dinner, we were now having dessert, and we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen, and President Xi was enjoying it, and I was given the message from the generals that the ships are locked and loaded,” said Trump.

Trump said he was worried that if he didn’t tell Xi about the airstrikes that it would be awkward for him to learn about them after he left the dinner, so he shared the news with him. (Trump then mistakenly said the missiles were launched at Iraq, then corrected himself to say Syria.)

“He paused for 10 seconds and then he asked the interpreter to please say it again,” Trump said, adding that he worried that wasn’t “a good sign.”

Xi then told Trump that he approved of the airstrikes because Syrian president Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons against his own people.

“He was OK with it,” Trump said.

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