At Tuesday's White House press briefing on coronavirus, President Donald Trump opened by discussing the fireworks factory explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, saying that it "looks like a terrible attack."
Pressed by reporters, Trump doubled down. "I met with some of our great generals," he said. "They seem to think it was an attack. It was a bomb of some kind."
It is not clear yet exactly how the explosion happened, but the current prevailing theory was that it was an explosion of hazardous materials in a warehouse in the port. A fire, and a series of small detonations of fireworks, preceded the main explosion.
Trump on the Beirut explosion: I met with some our great generals. "They seem to think it was an attack. It was a bomb of some kind."— Geoff Bennett (@Geoff Bennett)1596580114.0
He’s now winging it about the explosion, some of his “generals” said “it was a bomb of some kind." Jesus, the PM of… https://t.co/R4hySgQwW5— Charles P. Pierce (@Charles P. Pierce)1596580113.0