In an interview with Fox Business Network, Mr Trump initially appeared to confuse Syria with Iraq but quickly corrected himself.
He said: “We had finished dinner, we were now having dessert and we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake you have ever seen. President Xi was enjoying it.
“I was given the message from the generals that the ships are locked and loaded, what do you do? We made a determination to do it, so the missiles were on the way.
“I said, ‘Mr President, let me explain something to you’ – this is during dessert.
“‘We have just fired 59 missiles, all of which hit by the way, unbelievable, from hundreds of miles away.’
“It’s so incredible, it’s brilliant, it’s genius.”
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