“Let me start by sending America’s deepest sympathies to the folks of Lebanon, the place experiences point out that many, many individuals have been killed, tons of extra have been very badly wounded in a big explosion in Beirut,” Trump stated. “Our prayers exit to all of the victims and their households. America prepared to help Lebanon.”
However the defense officials, who declined to be recognized so they might communicate freely, stated they did not know what the President was speaking about.
One official stated that if there have been indications anybody in the area pulled one thing off of this scale, it could set off automated will increase in power safety for US troops and property in the area — if for no different cause than fear about retribution assaults.
That official famous that none of that has occurred to this point.
A Pentagon spokesperson stated the Division of Defense was referring requests for feedback to the White Home.
There have been conflicting experiences on what prompted the explosion, which was initially blamed on a serious hearth at a warehouse for firecrackers close to the port. The director of the overall safety directorate later stated the blast was attributable to confiscated “excessive explosive supplies,” however didn’t present additional particulars.
Lebanese officials haven’t referred to as the explosion an attack.
However throughout his briefing on Tuesday, Trump didn’t draw back from implying that Beirut had been focused.
Trump stated the US has a “superb relationship with the folks of Lebanon and we can be there to assist.”
“Appears to be like like a horrible attack,” Trump stated, showing to lookup from notes on his podium.
Requested if he was assured if the explosion was an attack and never an accident, the President stated it “looks like” it was, primarily based on what US navy officials have advised him.
“It might seem to be it primarily based on the explosion,” Trump stated. “I’ve met with some of our nice generals they usually simply appear to really feel that it was not a — some type of manufacturing explosion kind of occasion. This was a — appears to be based on them, they might know higher than I might, however they appear to suppose it was an attack. It was a bomb of some type.”