Trump Mourns Fire at Notre Dame: ‘That’s a Part of Our Growing Up, It’s a Part of Culture’

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President Donald Trump joined the rest of the world in reacting to the damage at Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire broke out Monday afternoon.

The fire, which is believed to have started near some renovations within the building, spread quickly, engulfing the historic church. Although it is not yet clear what the extent of the damage is, reports from the scene claim that the roof has collapsed and that much of the remainder of the building is still burning.

Prior to a roundtable discussion on the economy in Minnesota on Monday afternoon, Trump addressed the horrific fire, calling it a “terrible sight to behold.”

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“The fire that they’re having at Notre Dame Cathedral is something like few people have witnessed. And when we left the plane, it was burning at a level that you rarely see a fire burn. It’s one of the great treasures of the world. The greatest artists in the world. […] That is beyond countries, that is beyond anything. That’s a part of our growing up, it’s a part of our culture. It’s a part of our lives.”

Trump called the fire a “terrible scene,” noting that authorities believe the fire was caused by the renovations that were occurring within the building.

“It’s a terrible scene. They think it was caused by — at this moment, they don’t know — but they think it was caused by renovation,” Trump said, adding, “And I hope that’s the reason.”

President Trump wasn’t alone as several prominent Republicans joined him to express their “heartbreak” over the fire.

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Although there are reports from the French Ministry that the building may be beyond saving, French reporter Nicolas Delesalle spoke to a priest who reported that they were able to save much of the artwork from inside the cathedral.

More than 400 firefighters are battling the blaze in a fight that is expected to continue. French prosecutors have opened an investigation into the fire.

Correction [4/16/19, 2:44 p.m. ET]: Previously, this story inaccurately stated that Trump’s roundtable discussion in Minnesota occurred Wednesday. We have corrected the error.

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