Trump just tried to give the French Notre Dame firefighting advice on Twitter and got brutally mocked


Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is burning as the world looks on in mute horror. It’s unclear how the blaze got started in the first place, but French authorities are scrambling to stop the fire before one of civilization’s most beloved structure is reduced to ash.

While the tragedy unfolds there is one thing that really should go without saying: the last thing that anybody involved with it wants to hear is what Donald Trump thinks about the fire. Of course, since it’s him it was only a matter of time before he opened his big mouth to spew some kind of offensive nonsense. Well, ladies and gentleman, the president has tweeted.

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Trump described the fire as “horrible” which it certainly is, but then he decided to overstep himself by suggesting that “flying water tankers” should be used to extinguish the flames. Why he thinks that such things would be readily available in an urban center like Paris is anyone’s guess, but one doesn’t have to be a structural engineer to see that dumping tons and tons of water on an old burning structure built mostly out of wood would be a terrible idea.

“Must act quickly!” Trump added as if anyone thought that this was an issue which could be addressed later or as if the French themselves are not more acutely aware than anyone of how little time they have to fix the problem. 

As is always the case with Trump, he has nothing useful to say. In this case, as in most, it would have been better if he had just kept out of it.


As soon as the president tweeted out his boneheaded advice he was swarmed by Twitter users who heaped a mountain of mockery on him, just as he deserved. Check out some of the best jokes below.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.