Donald Trump draws criticism over suggestion of fighting Notre Dame ,
President Donald Trump’s suggestion for fighting the massive Notre Dame fire did not get good reviews. Tweeting that it was “so horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris,” Trump added: “Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!”
Critics on Twitter called Trump’s comment the epitome of second-guessing in the middle of a disaster. “Thanks Fire Chief Bill,” tweeted Michael Cohen, a Boston Globe columnist.
Later, during a roundtable discussion on the economy and tax reform in Minnesota, Trump called Notre Dame “one of the great treasures of the world,” and said it “looks like it’s burning to the ground.”
Before giving remarks on the economy, Trump said of the fire: “That puts a damper on what we’re about to say.”
Air tankers are brought in to fight wildfires that are spread over a wide area, and are often brought in hours or even days after the event starts.
“The drop of water by air on this type of building could indeed result in the collapse of the entire structure,” the French government civil defense agency tweeted ,
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!
Deploying the kinds of airplanes used to fight forest fires would be dangerous in an urban area, they said, noting that force of the water could knock the building down and threaten firefighters on the ground.
All means are being used, except for water-bombing aircrafts which, if used, could lead to the collapse of the entire structure of the cathedral.”