President Donald Trump will participate in the International conference call with Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun and other world leaders on Sunday. The purpose is to discuss aid to Lebanon on the devastating Beirut explosion.
Watch: Trump’s Take on Beirut Explosion
Trump speaking at a news conference at his golf club in Bedminister, New Jersey said he told Lebanese President Michel Aoun in a phone call that three aircraft filled with emergency supplies, food, and water were on their way. He also said that the United States was working with Lebanese officials to identify health and humanitarian needs “we will provide further assistance in the period to come.”
Trump tweeted, “We will be having a conference call on Sunday with President Macron, leaders of Lebanon, and leaders from various other parts of the world. Everyone wants to help!”
The US Agency for International Development on Friday said it would provide more than $15 million in assistance, including food support for 50,000 people for the coming three months. The US military has also been asked to transport enough medical supplies and pharmaceuticals to support up to 60,000 people for three months.
France and other countries have also assured Lebanon with doctors, tons of food, and health equipment. Emmanuel Macron, the French president, visited Beirut and offered the affected crowds that aid in rebuilding their city would not go to “corrupt hands.”
The World Health Organization has assured 15 million dollars to cover immediate health needs. Among the 300,000people made homeless, nearly 100,000 are children, including those who got separated from their families.
Officials said that the blast’s impact was recorded hundreds of miles away and might have caused the loss of $15 billion. The explosion in the Lebanese capital on Tuesday killed 154 people and injured 5,000. What caused the blast is undergoing investigation. The officials said that a massive shipment of hazardous ammonium nitrate, which was abandoned in Beirut, is the cause.