Fears are rising that Donald Trump may cause an international crisis after he claimed that the massive explosion in Bierut was a bomb attack with no evidence to back up his claim.
On Tuesday, Trump called the blast a “terrible attack.”
“I’ve met with some of our great generals and they just seem to feel that this was not some kind of a manufacturing explosion type of event,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “It was a bomb of some kind.”
Shortly after his comments, an official from the Pentagon told CNN that there was no evidence of any type of attack. The official’s response raised the question about where Trump received his information. officials as saying there was no evidence of any attack, raising the question of where Trump got his information.
Reportedly, Lebanese officials have for “urgent clarification.”
Mark Esper, Trump’s defense secretary stated on Wednesday: “Most believe that it was an accident as reported.” He added that the Pentagon was still gathering information.
The Beirut government has stated that the explosion was caused by a warehouse full of ammonium nitrate igniting, though the initial cause of the fire in the warehouse is still unclear.
It is unclear if Trump received a top-secret briefing on the explosion or if he just made his comments up.
Sadly, it has become the norm for US officials to quietly and quickly correct the mistakes and lies that Trump has created.
“I would advise against listening to Donald Trump at the best of times, let alone the worst,” Tom Fletcher, a former British ambassador to Lebanon, stated.
“You can’t show up unprepared for the Middle East. Careless messaging from the White House has consequences, even when no one takes the tweeter seriously. I hope future American presidents will try to help put out fires in the region, not fan them.”