President Trump Contradicts Local Officials, Suggests Beirut Was Attacked


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President Donald Trump told reporters his generals told him they think the horrific explosion that has rocked Beirut, killing more than 70 people, was likely a bomb. That goes against Lebanese leaders who have said the explosion was likely caused by highly volatile material that had been stored at port warehouses in the capital.

"It would seem like it [was a bomb], based on the explosion. I met with some of our great generals and they just seem to feel that it was," Mr Trump said.

President Trump did not clarify which generals he specifically met with.

"We are aware of the explosion and are concerned for the potential loss of life due to such a massive explosion," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statment.

Two US officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to Reuters, said it was unclear where The President was receiving his information, but that initial information did not appear to show that the explosion was an attack.

The officials said the information so far tracked closer to what Lebanese officials had publicly given. They added that it was still early and could change as time went on.

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