The President of the United States said he relied on the expertise of several military experts.
Some hours later the deadly explosions of Beirut, Donald Trump spoke at a press briefing. For him, the latter “looked like a terrible attack” and that military experts had told him of a “bomb.”
“I met our generals and it seems that it was not an industrial accident. It seems, according to them, that it was an attack, it was a bomb,” he said.
The Republican billionaire conveyed US “sympathy” to Lebanon and repeated that his country “stood ready” to help.
Thousands of injured
Lebanese authorities said the blasts, which killed at least 78 people and injured thousands, were caused by the explosion of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in the port. Ammonium is used in the composition of certain fertilizers but also of explosives.
The director general of General Security, Abbas Ibrahim, had previously indicated that the explosions in a warehouse at the port were possibly due to “explosives confiscated for years”.
Earlier, US foreign minister Mike Pompeo also offered US aid to Lebanon, calling the two explosions that devastated Beirut a “horrible tragedy”.
The U.S. Embassy in Beirut has encouraged U.S. nationals in the Lebanese capital to stay safe and wear a mask to protect themselves from possible toxic fumes.