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I ordered air strike eating cake: Trump

By Lizzy Buchan

Donald Trump boasted about ordering a missile strike in Syria to the Chinese President while eating "the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake".

The US President told a TV interviewer how he gave the order for a retaliatory strike while having dinner with President Xi Jinping at his luxury Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida last week.

Mr Trump ordered the strike in response to a deadly chemical attack by the Syrian regime in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun last Tuesday.

In an interview with Fox Business Network, Mr Trump initially said the missiles were "heading to Iraq" but quickly corrected himself.

He said: "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."

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