Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid Overnight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes MORE urged the Trump administration and countries around the world to send assistance to Lebanon after a deadly explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday.
“Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Lebanon, and the victims of the horrific explosion in Beirut. I urge both the Trump Administration and international community to immediately mobilize assistance to the thousands injured in the blast,” Biden tweeted.
Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Lebanon, and the victims of the horrific explosion in Beirut. I urge both the Trump Administration and international community to immediately mobilize assistance to the thousands injured in the blast.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 4, 2020
The tweet comes after an explosion in Lebanon’s capital reportedly killed dozens of people as of Tuesday evening. The source of the explosion, which occurred in the city’s port area, was not immediately clear. The area is believed to have warehouses storing explosives, Reuters reported, citing two security sources and Lebanon’s state news agency NNA.
Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoChristie, Pompeo named co-chairs of GOP redistricting group America needs a new strategy for Pacific Island Countries Harris to hold fundraiser for McAuliffe ahead of Virginia governor's race MORE said the U.S. is prepared to send help to Lebanon, which will have to not only treat the thousands of people who were injured but also repair the widespread damage to Beirut.
“I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to all those affected by the massive explosion at the port of Beirut today,” Pompeo said in a statement. “We are closely monitoring and stand ready to assist the people of Lebanon as they recover from this tragedy.”
“Our team in Beirut has reported to me the extensive damage to a city and a people that I hold dear, an additional challenge in a time of already deep crisis. We understand that the Government of Lebanon continues to investigate its cause and look forward to the outcome of those efforts,” he added.
Several European nations also offered to send assistance.
"My thoughts are with the people of #Lebanon and with the families of the victims of the tragic #BeirutBlast. The EU stands ready to provide assistance and support," European Council President Charles Michel said on Twitter.