Last Thursday, April 6, President Donald Trump launched nearly 60 missiles at Syria in response to the deadly chemical attacks that took place earlier in the week. Thursday's strike targeted a Syrian airbase, and Trump's decision to bomb the country was met with mixed reactions from Congress, especially considering that the president did not seek congressional approval before ordering the launch of the missiles.
In a new interview on Fox Business Network, President Trump recounted to Maria Bartiromo the moment he told Chinese president Xi Jinping about his decision to attack Syria. However, there was one major eyebrow-raising instance in the interview: Trump seemed to forget which country he had bombed.
"I was sitting at the table, we had finished dinner, and we're now having dessert," Trump recalls. "And we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you've ever seen.... And I was given the message from the generals that the ships are locked and loaded." He adds: "I said, 'We've just launched 59 missiles, heading to Iraq.'"
It was then in the interview that Bartiromo interrupts and corrects him, saying, "You headed to Syria." Trump nods, affirming, "Syria."
While it's unclear if this was just a slip of the tongue, it's important to note that Iraq and Syria are two very different countries. Conflating the two is problematic in more ways than one, and it's unnerving that a commander-in-chief might momentarily forget what country he is discussing. Watch the video for yourself below.
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Addendum. Erik Trump told the Telegraph Trump bombed Syria for Ivanka.
And it wasn't even her birthday. What a Dad!
Who are these people! Oh yes, they are Russia's gift to us. #TrumpTraitor