White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said that President Donald Trumps claim that the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, was caused by a bomb has not been ruled out—coming after a top Pentagon official said it was likely caused by an accident.
Trump, on several occasions this week, suggested that the deadly blast may have been an attack via “a bomb of some kind,” citing comments made by generals. It prompted Defense Secretary Mark Esper to say that he believes it was an accident.
“I can tell you from Secretary Espers standpoint, he doesnt know. I had a meeting with him earlier today,” Meadows said on Wednesday, as reported by Politico. “I can tell you the initial reports was exactly what the president shared with all of you.”
Esper said that most people believe the explosion “was an accident, as reported,” according to The Associated Press.
Meadows, however, said that the bomb theory hasnt been ruled out.
“The initial reports looked at the explosion. We still have not totally ruled that out,” Meadows said in a news conference. He added that officials are still gathering intelligence.
The chief of staff said, “Obviously, theres no group that has claimed any responsibility. But what the president shared with the American people is what he was briefed on. And as we look at that, well continue to evaluate it. Hopefully it was just a tragic accident and not an act of terror.”
Trump later added at the conference: “I mean, somebody left some terrible explosive type of devices and things around, perhaps it was that, perhaps it was [an] attack. I dont think anybody can say right now. You have some people think it was an attack and some peopRead More – Source