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 (@GeoffRBennett) August 4, 2020
He’s now winging it about the explosion, some of his “generals” said “it was a bomb of some kind."
Jesus, the PM of Lebanon has enough trouble today.
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) August 4, 2020