If Tuesday’s massive explosion in Beirut was an accident – as authorities claim – “it was an accident that was going to happen,” Trump’s former national security spokesman Michael Anton said on Wednesday, to “Bill Hemmer Reports”.
Anton told guest host John Roberts that the substance that ignited to cause the powerful explosion was ammonium nitrate – a key component of agricultural fertilizer that had been stored in a warehouse in the Port of Beirut since. 2013, when it was unloaded from a ship rented by Russia. had made an unscheduled stop there.
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“Officials have been worried about this for years saying we have to get this out of here,” said Anton. “It lasted seven years. ”
Anton added that the Lebanese government had been in a state of turmoil for more than four decades and was neither fully functional nor in full control of all of its territory.
“I think the government itself will have a hard time understanding this and US intelligence will look into it as well,” he said. “Anytime anything happens in Lebanon… this country has been ravaged by terrorism, civil war and economic deprivation for decades. In such difficult situations, it is difficult to find the truth.
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Roberts noted that U.S. officials told Fox News they had no evidence to support President Trump’s claim on Tuesday that the Lebanese explosion was the result of a bomb. Anton said that unlike some other combustible substances, ammonium nitrate requires more effort than a simple match to ignite.
According to the Lebanese Ministry of Health, Tuesday’s explosion killed 135 people and injured around 5,000 others.