White House Report from Doug Christian
(Audio: Parisians singing)
White House – Parisians sing outside of Notre Dame Cathedral last night as fire engulfs it.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump sends a tweet saying:
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
Two hours later, the French civil security and crisis management account sub-tweeted Trump in English, saying in part:
“All means are being used, except for water-bombing aircrafts,” explaining that if the Paris Fire Brigade were to use Trump’s suggestion, what’s left of the cathedral could collapse entirely.”
Hundreds of firemen of the Paris Fire Brigade are doing everything they can to bring the terrible #NotreDame fire under control. 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.
— Sécurité Civile Fr (@SecCivileFrance) April 15, 2019
This morning, White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, issues a statement on behalf of the president. It reads in part:
“This morning, President Donald J. Trump, on behalf of the American people, offered his condolences to President Emmanuel Macron of France for the devastation caused by the fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris.”
The statement concludes, “France is the oldest ally of the United States, and we remember with grateful hearts the tolling of Notre Dame’s bells on September 12, 2001, in solemn recognition of the tragic September 11th attacks on American soil. Those bells will sound again. We stand with France today and offer our assistance in the rehabilitation of this irreplaceable symbol of Western civilization. Vive la France!”
Doug Christian, The White House