If there’s anyone in the world who might have an inside scoop on some major, globally-recognized event, it’s likely whomever happens to be occupying the Oval Office at the time.
US Presidents have an embarrassment of riches at their disposal, at least when it comes to intelligence agencies. Our nation is simply unstoppable when it comes to gathering data, often covertly, and seldom mistakenly. This is why the world often looks to our leaders in times of uncertainty.
And this is what makes President Trump’s latest claims so peculiar.
President Trump has claimed the blast that rocked Beirut was likely an “attack,” citing US military officials who “seem to believe” the explosion was not accidental, despite widespread reports it was a chemical warehouse accident.
“It would seem like it based on the explosion,” Trump said when asked whether the blast was the result of an attack.
“I met with some of our great generals, they seem to feel this was not some kind of manufacturing explosion type of event…they seem to think it was an attack, it was a bomb of some kind.”
This runs contrary to the information that first hit the wire, in which it was stated that this was some sort of fireworks factory that went up in flames before exploding violently.
Video of the incident has spawned a great many conspiracy theories over the course of the last few hours, and the Commander in Chief’s statements will almost certainly ratchet up these hypotheses.