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US officials dispute Trump's claim that Beirut was attacked

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday that most people think the deadly explosion Tuesday in Lebanon that killed at least 100 people was an accident, …
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday that most people think the deadly explosion Tuesday in Lebanon that killed at least 100 people was an accident, contradicting President Donald Trump, who said American generals told him it was likely caused by a bomb. Esper said the U. S. was still gathering information about the explosion, but said most believe “it was an accident, as reported.” On Tuesday, Trump said, “It looks like a terrible attack.” Trump was asked why he called it an attack and not an accident, especially since Lebanese officials had not yet determined the cause of the explosion. He told reporters at the White House: “It would seem like it based on the explosion. I met with some of our great generals and they just seem to feel that it was. This was not a – some kind of a manufacturing explosion type of a event.… They seem to think it was an attack. It was a bomb of some kind, yes.” From the outset, U. S. officials have said that they did not know the cause of the initial fire and explosions that set off the larger blast. But they say they do believe the reports out of Lebanon claiming a large stockpile of ammonium nitrate left over from a seizure is what exploded. Officials on Wednesday couldn’t identify any “generals” who delivered any such Beirut message to the president.

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