A massive explosion rocked Beirut, the capitol of Lebanon on Tuesday, destroying the port, causing widespread damage through out the city center and shattering windows and blowing doors off their hinges miles from the blast.
Video footage has circulated on social media showing the terrifying size and power of the blast:
BREAKING: Large explosion 30 minutes ago in Beirut, Lebanon.
Details to follow.
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 4, 2020
While the dominant narrative coming out of foreign policy circles and seemingly confirmed by the Lebanese government has been that the blast was caused by an accident involving a massive amount of ammonium nitrate being stored on the dock, President Trump offered a far different theory:
REPORTER: Are you confident the #Beirut explosion was an attack?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “…I’ve met with some of our great generals & they seem to feel that it was.” — “They would know better than I would. They seem to think … it was a bomb of some kind, yes.” pic.twitter.com/2MjVRqAoKE
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 4, 2020
While officials later attempted to deny the President’s claim, it does raise questions as to what really happened in Beirut on Tuesday.