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President Donald Trump weighed in on the destructive fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday, suggesting that authorities use “flying water tankers” to help put out the blaze.
“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!” the president wrote.
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
However, as many people have pointed out, that scenario would only make the situation worse.
Wayne McPartland, a retired New York City Fire Department battalion chief, told CNBC that doing something similar to Trump’s plan would collapse the historic building.
“If you hit that with tons of water from above, that’s going to collapse the entire structure and make the situation worse,” McPartland told the news outlet. “If you miss, you might hit civilians in the street.”
A firefighter with the NYPD also told the Daily Dot that plan would cause the building to “crumble.”
Other people had similar sentiments online.
Everyone knows that the right thing to do when priceless, historic, fragile works of art and architecture are endangered is to drop hundreds of tons of water on them.— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) April 15, 2019
God, what an embarrassment. https://t.co/RAvD27nakV
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
Quick math:— BIOTΞCH (@Tech_e_Coyote) April 15, 2019
6000 kg of water dropped + a pile of burning wood = a pile of wet rubble https://t.co/5u7bOizRr1
Several tons of water will collapse whats left ...— RandomTweeter (@Ayce_Berg) April 15, 2019
Let's drop 50 tons of water on a 700 year old architectural treasure.— jay (@wssnr) April 15, 2019
What could go wrong?
The president was full of suggestions on Monday. Hours before his Notre Dame tweet, he said Boeing should “fix” and “rebrand” the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes after they’ve been grounded following two fatal crashes.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).