At a Tax Day roundtable in Minnesota, President Trump commented on the fire which broke out Monday afternoon at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I've been in communication with France. They're having a terrible, terrible fire that you probably saw -- some of you have heard, some of you have not because you've been here -- but I will tell you the fire they're having at the Notre Dame cathedral is something like few people have witnessed. When we left, we had a whole group of your great representatives, and when we left [Air Force One] it was burning at a level that you rarely see a fire burn.
It is one of the great treasures of the world, the greatest arts in the world. If you think about it, it might be greater than almost any museum in the world and it is burning very badly. It looks like it is burning to the ground. So, so, that puts a damper on what we're about to say, to be honest, because that is beyond countries, it is beyond anything. That is part of our growing up, it is a part of our culture, it is part of our lives. That is a truly great cathedral, and I've been there, and I've seen it, and there is no cathedral, I think, like it. It is a terrible scene.
And they think it was caused by -- at this moment, they don't know. But they think it was caused by renovation, and I hope that's the reason. Renovation, what's that all about?
It is a terrible sight to behold.