Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Monday called the Trump administration's missile strike against Syria "after-dinner entertainment."
"It was in lieu of after-dinner entertainment," said Ross, who was with President Trump during the summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago, Fla., according to Variety. "Just as dessert was being served, the president explained to Mr. Xi he had something he wanted to tell him, which was the launching of 59 missiles into Syria," Ross said at the Milken Institute Global Conference in California.
"The thing was, it didn't cost the president anything to have that entertainment," Ross said at the event.
On April 6, Trump authorized a strike against a Syrian airfield after determining that Syrian President Bashar Assad launched a chemical attack against its own people. "It is in this vital national security interest of the U.S. to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons," Trump said after 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from the USS Ross and USS Porter.
In an interview, Trump said he told the Chinese president about the Syria strike while they were having dessert. "I was sitting at the table. We had finished dinner. We're now having dessert. And we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you've ever seen," he said. "And I was given the message from the generals that the ships are locked and loaded, what do you do? And we made a determination to do it, so the missiles were on the way."
"And I said, 'Mr. President, let me explain something to you.' This was during dessert. We've just fired 59 missiles, all of which hit, by the way, unbelievable, from, you know, hundreds of miles away, all of which hit, amazing," he said in the interview.