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Pentagon contradicts Trump’s claim on Beirut ‘attack’

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper contradicted Donald Trump's suggestion that the explosion in Beirut was an "attack," saying instead that it was likely caused by an accident.

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper undermined President Donald Trump’s claim that American military officials believe a deliberate attack was behind the massive explosion that devastated Beirut on Tuesday.

“Most believe that it was an accident as reported,” Esper said during a virtual Aspen Security Forum event this afternoon.

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