US still not ruling out an attack as the cause for Beirut blasts, Trump and aide say

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US President Donald Trump and a White House official Wednesday questioned the cause of the deadly Beirut blasts, which killed over 130 people and left more than 5,000 wounded, saying that an attack had not been ruled out.

“Nobody knows yet,” Trump said during a White House briefing. “I mean, how can you say [it was an] accident.”

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Trump said that some people think it was an attack, while others doubted it. “Whatever happened, it’s terrible.”

Moments earlier, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said that Washington had “not totally ruled out” an attack being the cause of the Beirut blasts.

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“Without sharing anything classified, I’ve been able to see a lot of what has taken place [in briefings with the president],” Meadows was quoted as telling CNN. “Obviously, there’s no group that has claimed any responsibility, but what the president shared with the American people is what he was briefed on,” he added.

Meadows was referring to comments made by Trump on Tuesday that a “bomb of some kind” resulted in the explosion at the Port of Beirut. The president’s comments were “not speculation,” Meadows said.

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