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Trump walks back claim that Beirut explosion was caused by bomb

Added 08-05-20 07:11:02pm EST - “President Trump on Wednesday hedged his comments from the previous day that the massive explosion in Beirut was caused by a bomb ?" saying that the blast that left more than 70 dead and thousands injured could have been an accident.” - Foxnews.com

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President Trump on Wednesday hedged his comments from the previous day that the massive explosion in Beirut was caused by a bomb – saying that the blast that left more than 70 dead and thousands injured could have been an accident.

“Whatever happened, it is terrible,” Trump said during his daily press briefing at the White House. “They don’t really know what happened. I don’t think anybody can say right now, we’re looking into it very strongly.”

The president’s comments contradict ones he made on Tuesday when he said top U.S. military commanders had informed him that the explosion in the Lebanese capital was likely caused by a bomb.

“I've met with some of our great generals and they just seem to feel that this was not some kind of manufacturing explosion type of an event,” Trump said Tuesday. “They seem to think it was an attack. It was a bomb of some kind.”

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