Trump says Beirut explosion 'looks like a terrible attack,' contradicting Lebanese officials who implied it was likely an accident
"I've met with some of our great generals and they just seemed to feel that it was [an attack]," Trump said.
President Donald Trump claimed a massive explosion that killed at least 78 people and wounded at least 4,000 in Beirut on Tuesday was "an attack," contradicting the Lebanese government's announcement that the blast involved the accidental detonation of a cache of explosive chemicals.
Trump began his Tuesday evening press briefing by offering sympathy to the Lebanese people after what he said "looks like a terrible attack."
When asked by a reporter to clarify his comment, the president said his military advisers "seemed to feel" the incident was an attack based on the type of explosion.
"I've met with some of our great generals and they just seemed to feel that it was," Trump said. "This was not some kind of a manufacturing explosion type of event ... They would know better than I would, but they seem to think it was an attack — it was a bomb of some kind, yes."
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