Donald Trump suggests using ‘flying water tankers’ to put it out Notre Dame fireApril 15, 2019
President Donald Trump (Photo: Drew Angerer)
WASHINGTON – 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 found the comment a little too much second-guessing in the middle of a disaster.
“Thanks Fire Chief Bill,” tweeted Michael Cohen, a Boston Globe columnist.
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!
Later, during a “roundtable discussion” the economy and tax reform, Trump called Notre Dame “one of the great treasures of the world,” and said it “looks like it’s burning to the ground.”
Citing initial reports that renovation work may have sparked the fire, Trump said: “Renovation? What’s that all about.”
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.
Wayne McPartland, a retired New York City Fire Department battalion chief, told CNBC that aerial tankers are not the answer at Notre Dame.
“If you hit that with tons of water from above, that’s going to collapse the entire structure and make the situation worse,” McPartland said. “If you miss, you might hit civilians in the street.”
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