At a Tax Day roundtable in Minnesota on Monday, President Trump weighed in on the catastrophic fire which broke out Monday afternoon at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.
Before his comments in Minnesota, the president took to Twitter to urge the French fire department to use “flying water tankers” to put the fire out.
“So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris,” Trump tweeted. “Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!”
So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
“I’ve been in communication with France,” Trump told reporters on Monday. “They’re having a terrible, terrible fire that you probably saw — some of you have heard, some of you have not because you’ve been here — but I will tell you the fire they’re having at the Notre Dame cathedral is something like few people have witnessed. When we left, we had a whole group of your great representatives, and when we left [Air Force One] it was burning at a level that you rarely see a fire burn.”
It is one of the great treasures of the world, the greatest arts in the world. If you think about it, it might be greater than almost any museum in the world and it is burning very badly. It looks like it is burning to the ground. So, so, that puts a damper on what we’re about to say, to be honest, because that is beyond countries, it is beyond anything. That is part of our growing up, it is a part of our culture, it is part of our lives. That is a truly great cathedral, and I’ve been there, and I’ve seen it, and there is no cathedral, I think, like it. It is a terrible scene.
And they think it was caused by — at this moment, they don’t know. But they think it was caused by renovation, and I hope that’s the reason. Renovation, what’s that all about?
It is a terrible sight to behold.
Trump, ostensibly in Minnesota for a "business roundtable," is now ranting about foreign policy with his arms folded across his chest pic.twitter.com/EKufP15gaL
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 15, 2019