On Tuesday, President Trump described a deadly explosion in Beirut as a “terrible attack” before authorities publicly attributed any cause for the accident. The president made his comment during his recent press conference in the White House on the coronavirus pandemic.
When asked by a reporter how he came to that conclusion, he said: “It seems that it was based on the explosion. … I met some of our great generals and they seemed to feel that way [an attack]”. “It seems that according to them, they seemed to think it was an attack, that it was a bomb of some kind,”
Witnesses described an apocalyptic scene in the Middle East city after the explosion, which killed at least 70 people and injured more than 3,700. Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a chemical used primarily as agricultural fertilizer, had exploded in a warehouse. Diab said the chemical storage had been left unsafe and unattended for six years.