Trump: Notre Dame cathedral fire is ‘terrible sight to behold’


President Trump on Monday lamented the “terrible, terrible fire” that ravaged the famed cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.

“I will tell you, the fire that they are having at the Notre Dame cathedral is something like few people have witnessed,” Trump said during a visit to the Nuss Truck and Equipment outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, to tout his economic record.

“It is one of the great treasures of the world. The greatest artists in the world. Probably, if you think about it, I would say it might be greater than almost any museum in the world and it’s burning very badly. Looks like it’s burning to the ground,” the president said.

And he offered effusive praise for the beloved structure.

“That is beyond countries, that is beyond anything. That is a part of our growing up. It’s a part of our culture. It’s a part of our lives. That’s a truly great cathedral. I have been there, I have seen it. It’s a terrible scene,” he continued.

“They think it was caused by, at this moment they don’t know, but they think it was caused by renovation. I hope that’s the reason. Renovation, what’s that all about? It’s a terrible sight to behold.”

Earlier, Trump suggested on Twitter that “flying water tankers” could help extinguish the blaze, which toppled the cathedral’s landmark steeple.

“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!” he wrote.

But the French civil defense and crisis management agency dismissed Trump’s suggestion that flying water tankers could put the fire out.

“The drop of water by air on this type of building could result in the collapse of the entire structure along with the firefighters who are currently doing their best to save Notre Dame,” the agency tweeted.

“Helicopter or airplane, the weight of the water and the intensity of the drop at low altitude could weaken the structure of Notre-Dame and result in collateral damage to the buildings in the vicinity.”