President Donald Trump called Emmanuel Macron to express the condolences of the United States about the fire in Notre Dame and the American assistance with the restoration of the iconic cathedral.
The president called for the third time in a week the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 when he promised to support the French after a fire damaged the exterior of the historic church.
& # 39; France is the oldest ally of the United States, and we gratefully remember the toll of the Notre Dame bells on September 12, 2001, in solemn recognition of the September 11 tragic attacks on American soil. Those bells will sound again, & the White House said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.
The statement did not mention Trump's suggestion while the structure burned that the French were using flying water tankers to extinguish the flames.
View of the debris in Notre-Dame-de-Paris in the aftermath of a fire that destroyed the cathedral on Tuesday, a day after the fire
President Donald Trump called Emmanuel Macron to express the condolences of the United States on the fire in Notre Dame and the American assistance with the restoration of the iconic cathedral
Trump made the recommendation aboard Air Force One on his way to Minnesota on Monday, while viewers around the world watched the iconic cathedral in flames.
& # 39; So terrible to see the huge fire in Notre Dame in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers can be used to turn it off. Must act quickly! & # 39; Trump wrote on his way to Minnesota for an event about taxes.
Later, at his Tax Day event, Trump told a crowd about the & # 39; terrible, terrible fire & # 39 ;.
& # 39; The fire that they have in Notre Dame Cathedral is like few people have seen & # 39 ;, said the president.
& # 39; When we left the plane, it burned at a level that you rarely see a fire burning. It is one of the great treasures of the world, & T 39 continued.
President Donald Trump tweeted about the fire on Notre Dame Monday
WHITE HOUSE ON NOTRE DAME FIRE
This morning President Donald J. Trump, on behalf of the American people, offered his condolences to President Emmanuel Macron of France for the destruction caused by the fire in Notre Dame de Paris cathedral. The United States stands with French citizens, the city of Paris and the millions of visitors from all over the world who seek comfort in that iconic structure. The cathedral has served as a spiritual home for almost a millennium and we are sad to witness the damage to this architectural masterpiece. Notre Dame will continue to serve as a symbol of France, including its freedom of religion and democracy. France is the oldest ally of the United States and we gratefully remember the bells of the bells of Notre Dame on September 12, 2001, in solemn recognition of the tragic attacks of September 11 on American soil. Those bubbles will sound again. We are today with France and offer our assistance in the rehabilitation of this irreplaceable symbol of Western civilization. Long live France!
& # 39; It is one of the greatest treasures in the world. The greatest artists in the world. Probably if you think about it … it might be bigger than any museum in the world and it burns very badly. It looks like it's burning on the ground, & the president added, as firefighters struggled to control the fire.
Trump said he had a & # 39; communication & # 39; with France, but did not indicate whether he had spoken with the French authorities.
& # 39; That puts a damper on what we're going to say to be honest, & # 39; Trump told his audience in Minnesota. & # 39; Because that is over countries. That goes further than anything. That's part of our growing up, it's part of our culture, it's part of our life. That is really a great cathedral. And I've been there and I've seen it … There is probably no cathedral in the world like this one, & said Trump.
The president said the French believe the fire was related to the ongoing renovation of the 850-year-old cathedral.
& # 39; They think it is caused by renovation. And I hope that's the reason, & # 39; Trump continued. & # 39; Renewal. What is that all about? & # 39; Trump said. Then he called it a & # 39; terrible sight to behold & # 39 ;.
& # 39; With that said, I want to tell you that much progress has been made by our country in the last two and a half years, & # 39; Trump said, stepping into his tax event. & # 39; Hard to believe we're already starting to think about our next election. & # 39;
The president suggested using tankers in the air
The French government tweeted its reason in English for not using water tankers from the air
At the end of his round table discussion, where he greeted tax cuts, made a profit against ISIS and other issues, Trump returned to Notre Dame.
& # 39; We all want our greetings and our hope and our & # 39; God bless you & # 39; extend to Paris and France, where they go through, & # 39; said Trump.
& # 39; This is one of the real catastrophes, & # 39; he said. & # 39; Hopefully they did better than when they left the plane, but it was not a good situation with regard to Notre Dame Cathedral. & # 39;
CNN reported hours after the Trump tweet that the French government was responding to questions about the lack of air tankers. The reason was not due to a lack of power, but rather to cause air droplets to make the walls of the cathedral implode, according to the report.
The French ambassador to the US, Gerard Araud, told the network: & # 39; It is not possible to use water tankers that could only aggravate the situation of the building. & # 39; He mentioned the difficulty of catching fire with intense heat and tons of wood as fuel. & # 39; So I think we should just pray now, & # 39; he said.
The French Civil Security Department has posted a tweet that Trump seems to refute – posting a single English-language message to his French-language account.
& # 39; Hundreds of firefighters from the Paris Firefighters are doing everything to get the terrible fire of #NotreDame under control. All means are used, with the exception of water bombardment aircraft which, if used, can lead to the collapse of the entire structure of the cathedral, & # 39; said the tweet.
First lady Melania Trump, who worked during her modeling career in Paris, also tweeted about the fire.
& # 39; My heart breaks for the people of Paris after seeing the fire in Notre Dame cathedral. Pray for everyone's safety, & Melania Trump wrote.
PARIS, FRANCE – APRIL 15: Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France on April 15, 2019
A fire broke out in the distinctive Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris, possibly with renovation work on site, the fire department said. Images on social media showed flames and huge clouds of smoke above the roof of the Gothic. cathedral, the most visited historical monument in Europe
The president suggested: & # 39; Flying watercraft tanks could be used to turn it off. & # 39; Above an air tanker, water descends on a fire along the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway in Simi Valley, California, Monday, November 12, 2018
The president had the opportunity to follow reports broadcast on television during the flight to Minnesota.
The telecast cover showed that roof smoke and flames were accumulating in the building, but there were few early signs of an effective response to fire fighting.
There was one helicopter circling around the area while Parisian firefighters were walking towards what was seen.
There were no early images of direct efforts from the air. Firefighters could eventually mount firefighters on the river. The cathedral is located on the corner of Ile de la Cite, on a headland overlooking the Seine.
It was not immediately known why no air capacity was deployed or that they were even available.
& # 39; My heart breaks for the people of Paris after seeing the fire in Notre Dame cathedral. Pray for everyone's safety, & Melania Trump wrote Monday
Ivanka Trump tweeted about the event from Ethiopia
The president's daughter, who was traveling in Africa, also tweeted about the event.
& # 39; Watching flames engulf the iconic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. A devastating and shocking sight. Praying for the safety of everyone, & Ivaka Trump wrote.
According to the French newspaper Le Monde, the fire broke out in the attic of the monument before it spread over the roof.
The cathedral is one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in Europe and one of the most visited buildings in the world.
Notre Dame – what & # 39; Our Lady & # 39; means – was built in 1160 and completed in 1260 and has been adapted several times in the last century.
Vice President Mike Pence tweeted Monday: & # 39; Notre Dame is an iconic symbol of faith for people around the world – and it's heartbreaking to see a house of God in flames. Our thoughts and prayers are with the firemen on stage and with all the people of Paris. & # 39;