After the explosion that shook the Lebanese capital of Beirut and shocked the world, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced in a statement that the United States was ready to provide aid to the Lebanese people who were affected by the tragedy.
“I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to all those affected by the massive explosion at the port of Beirut today,” Pompeo said in a Tuesday afternoon statement. “We are closely monitoring and stand ready to assist the people of Lebanon as they recover from this tragedy,” as reported by the Washington Examiner.
The explosion that occurred at around 6 p.m. in a port area of the city is said to have killed at least 73 people and injured 2,750, according to details provided by the Lebanese Ministry of Health.
At a press conference on Tuesday, President Donald Trump speculated on the possible attack and that it would not have been accidental. Some state-run media suggest that the explosion was triggered by a fire in a fireworks warehouse, and other reports said it was in a chemical warehouse.
“It would seem like [an attack], based on the explosion. I’ve met with some of our great generals, and they just seem to feel that it was. This was not some kind of a manufacturing explosion type of event,” President Trump said according to an article in The Guardian.
“This was a—seems to be, according to them—they would know better than I would—but they seem to think it was an attack, it was a bomb of some kind,” he added.
President Trump also took the opportunity to offer his condolences to the victims of the explosion.
“Reports indicate that many, many people were killed. Hundreds more were very badly wounded in a large explosion in Beirut. Our prayers go out to all the victims and their families. The United States stands ready to assist Lebanon.”
Pompeo made no mention of any attack, but referred to the current economic crisis in Lebanon which is escalating as a result of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, also known as the new coronavirus.
“Our team in Beirut informed me of the extensive damage to a city and a people I cherish, an additional challenge at a time of already deep crisis. We understand that the government of Lebanon continues to investigate its cause and we await the outcome of those efforts.”
Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab also spoke about the crisis, while assuring that the incident “will not pass without responsibility” and that “those responsible will pay for what happened,” according to RFI.