BREAKING NEWS: Trump calls deadly Beirut explosions a ‘terrible attack’ and says US is ready to assist Lebanon after at least 70 are killed and 3,000 injured
President Donald Trump described deadly explosions as a ‘terrible attack’ during a Tuesday press conference, despite no evidence suggesting the blasts were intentional.
A series of massive explosions in the Lebanese capital’s port area rocked the city on Tuesday evening local time, killing at least 78 people and injuring more than 4,000 others.
‘The United States stands ready to assist Lebanon,’ Trump said at a White House briefing. ‘We will be there to help. It looks like a terrible attack.’
When quizzed by a reporter if he was certain the explosion was in fact an attack, Trump confirmed that he was, insisting he had ‘met with some of our great generals and they seem to feel that it was.
‘They would know better than I would,’ the president continued. ‘They seem to think … it was a bomb of some kind, yes.’
So far, no evidence has been released to the public to indicate that the explosions were the result of an attack.
Multiple videos of the blast show fires and thick plumes of smoke emanating from a building in the city’s port area before a mushroom cloud erupts, sending a shockwave through the city.
The Lebanese government says it’s still investigating the source of the explosion but early indications suggested the blast occurred when a warehouse stored with explosive materials caught on fire.
A large stock of ammonium nitrate was being stored where the explosions occurred, Lebanese Interior Minister, Mohammed Fahmi said. He has called for an investigation into how the material became ignited.