According to Reuters on August 5, U.S. President trump said on the 4th that the massive explosion in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, “may be an attack.”. However, U.S. officials refuted this statement, while the authorities in Lebanon said that the explosion was likely caused by highly explosive materials stored in warehouses for many years. “The United States stands ready to assist Lebanon,” trump said at a White House press conference The blast has killed at least 78 people and injured thousands. “It looks like a terrible attack” < / P > < p > when asked about his views on the explosion, trump said he had met with some U.S. military officials who seemed to think that “the explosion was an attack” and “some kind of bomb.”. However, two U.S. officials, who declined to be named, said it was not clear where Trump came to this conclusion, and the initial news “did not show that the explosion was an attack.”. It’s too early to judge, they added, and conclusions may change over time. At about 18:10 local time on August 4, a violent explosion occurred in Beirut port area. At least 78 people were killed and 4000 injured in the blast, according to the latest news. It is not clear why the explosion occurred, but prime minister Hassan diab said 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate were stored near the site.