Trump Calls on Lebanon to Hold 'Transparent Investigation' into Blast

W460

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday called for Lebanon to conduct a "full and transparent investigation" into the huge explosion that hit Beirut, and expressed his support for protests demanding reform in the country.

Trump "urged the Government of Lebanon to conduct a full and transparent investigation, in which the United States stands ready to assist," according to the White House, after he participated in a virtual conference on the international response to the disaster.

"The President called for calm in Lebanon and acknowledged the legitimate calls of peaceful protesters for transparency, reform, and accountability," the White House added.

The Lebanese army said Sunday that hopes have dwindled of finding survivors at the blast site following days of search-and-rescue operations.

The explosion that hit Beirut's port devastated large parts of the Lebanese capital, claiming over 150 lives and wounding some 6,000 people.

Most Lebanese authorities say Tuesday's explosion was triggered by a fire in a port warehouse, where a shipment of ammonium nitrate, a chemical that can be used as a fertilizer or as an explosive, had languished for years.

World leaders, international organizations and a seething Lebanese public have pressed for an international probe, but President Michel Aoun has said that calls for such an investigation are a "waste of time."

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Thumb tric.portugal 09 August 2020, 19:45

Do not demonstrated support to the only Cristhians President in all Arab World !!!??? after the Daesh atacks !!!??? USA administration do trust in the Cristhians Army of Lebanon to investigate what dogs atack Beirute !!!??? Trump phone to Hariri like Pompeo !!!??? Trump sell the Cristhian Nation to Lebanon in enchange of Meca money for support the USA economy !!!?? Trump the Judas of Lebanese Cristhianity...not a single message in support the only cristhians president in all Great Lebanon...USA demands that the next President must recognize Jerusalem the Capital of Israel and that the Cristhians must convert to Evangelicals(=anti-Cristhians )

Thumb tric.portugal 09 August 2020, 19:55

Trump "urged the Government of Lebanon to conduct a full and transparent investigation, in which the United States stands ready to assist,"
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the Army of Lebanon and General Aoun ask for satelite photos to USA, France, Russia...and data from NATO about what submarines and militars navys that are in the proximities that can lance a atack...and ask to the Brasil Evangelicals, bolsonaro and his envagelical army, if they autorizated secrettly any israel nave enter in lebanese watters...If the State of Brasil, with the evangelicals in Power with suport of USA Administration, consider the Catholics enemies...

Thumb tric.portugal 09 August 2020, 19:59

After what happens to the cristhianity in Iraque, trust in the evangelicals is insane!!! the daesh aliance envagelicals+meca to destroy the catholics-ortodoxes is a fact !!! we see that in iraque...in Syria...in Guiné-Bissau..in Brasil...

Thumb tric.portugal 09 August 2020, 20:07

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday called for Lebanon to conduct a "full and transparent investigation" into the huge explosion that hit Beirut, and expressed his support for protests demanding reform in the country."
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USA supporting the protestants that are burning photo of the Head of the Catholics in lebanese political system, that are the Presidente of Lebanon !! the Evangelicals wants to change the presidency of Lebanon !!?? the atack against beirute was the first part of the Daesh plan...when Pompeo phone first to Hariri then to the President or the Prime-Minister or the foreign minister...the USA can talk talk talk because the plan is to destroy the Catholic Supreme Comander of Lebanon!! and have the support of Israel and Saudis...USA is terrorist !! we see that when they abandon the cristhians in Iraque,,,

Thumb tric.portugal 09 August 2020, 21:46

After USA decide to atack the Catholic Civilization in Brasil...after USA give green light to Arab Meca League to advance to Guiné-Bissau...after what USA donne to the cristhians in iraque...it´s clear that USA wants to destroy the Catholique Civilization in Lebanon...it´s a fact !!!

Thumb LongLiveLebanon 10 August 2020, 00:24

Trump is right this time. Only an independent international inquiry will find the truth.

Default-user-icon Ameri-Leb (Guest) 10 August 2020, 00:37

lebanon is not capable of transparency. Need the international community to investigate like they did with Harriri death. Cannot trust any Lebanese politician to investigate anything. All are corrupt and are paid to "turn a blind eye".

Missing levant 10 August 2020, 02:12

How our senile president holds his head up in front of wold leaders who know hes useless and corrupt is amazing. He should resign in shame and embarrassment. What a flop he is the fool.

Missing levant 10 August 2020, 08:06

God Bless USA. Thank you Mr Trump.