President Donald Trump raised eyebrows when he told French firefighters to move “quickly” and possibly use aerial water tankers to save Notre Dame. But it was hardly the first time he has come forward as an unlikely expert.
Monday’s tweeted advice got short shrift from French authorities racing to save the renowned Paris cathedral.
Bombardment with large quantities of water from airplanes could have flattened the 850-year-old building, French emergency services said.
Trump’s confidence in his eclectic knowledge base, however, is unlikely to have been shaken.
Here are some other nuggets of wisdom from a president, lifelong real estate developer and former TV show host whom The Washington Post accuses of having made more than 9,000 false or misleading statements in two years.
– PR man –
Trump is worried about aerospace giant Boeing’s reputation following two recent crashes of the 737 MAX model. He also has a solution: change the name.
“What do I know about branding, maybe nothing (but I did become President!), but if I were Boeing, I would FIX the Boeing 737 MAX, add some additional great features, & REBRAND the plane with a new name,” Trump tweeted. “No product has suffered like this one. But again, what the hell do I know?”
— April 2019
– Renewable energy theories –
Citing widely disproven or unproven theories, the president says wind turbine energy cannot handle variations in output — and is bad for you.
“If it doesn’t blow, you can forget about television for that night,” he told a rally, imitating a couple relying on wind-generated power.
“Darling, I want to watch television.’ ‘I’m sorry! The wind isn’t blowing.’ I know a lot about wind.”
— March 2019
“The noise causes cancer.”
— April 2019
— Tech guru —
Although mostly known for his work with buildings and golf courses, Trump has quite a bit to say about aerospace.
Musing earlier on the Boeing 737 MAX tragedies, Trump tweeted: “Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT. I see it all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further, when often old and simpler is far better.”
— March 2019
He’s also shared his expertise on drones at a cabinet meeting:
“I know more about drones than anybody.”
— January 2019
But Trump sees himself equally as standing up for rather older technology, like walls on the US-Mexican border.
“Nothing (else)… will work, and that has been true for thousands of years,” he tweeted. “I know tech better than anyone.”
— December 2018
— Good genes —
If Trump has unusual smarts, he knows why.
“My uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, OK, very smart,” he said in a speech.
“If I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I’m one of the smartest people anywhere in the world — it’s true!”
— July 2016
— Bad experts —
But even if the president is an expert, he doesn’t trust regular experts — like the ones he says have been giving bad foreign policy advice to his predecessors in the White House.
“You know, I’ve always wanted to say this — I’ve never said this before with all the talking we all do — all of these experts… The experts are terrible,” he said in a speech.
— April 2016
In fact, he suggests that it would be better if he were left in charge of thorny issues like the battle with Islamic State and other radical Islamist jihadist groups.
“I know more about ISIS than the generals do,” he told a rally.
— November 2015
WATCH: CNN displays the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause as Trump rambles about it being ‘phony’
Two days after intense pressure forced President Donald Trump to back down from his plan to host the 2020 G7 summit at his resort in Doral, Florida, the president dismissed the Constitution's anti-corruption clause—which his plan would have violated—as "phony."
"You people, with this phony Emoluments Clause," Trump told reporters at a White House press conference on Monday, responding to allegations that hosting the meeting of foreign leaders at his own property would be a conflict of interest.
Pompeo says Trump is ‘fully prepared’ to take military action against turkey — who is a NATO ally
Speaking to CNBC’s Wilfred Frost this Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that President Trump is ready to take military action against Turkey for its incursion into northeast Syria in the event that such action is "needed."
“We prefer peace to war,” Pompeo said on Closing Bell. “But in the event that kinetic action or military action is needed, you should know that President Trump is fully prepared to undertake that action.”
Pompeo declined to give specifics, saying that he doesn't want to "get out in front of the president’s decision about whether to take the awesome undertaking of using America’s military might," adding that economic and diplomatic "powers" could also be used.
WATCH: Ben Carson thanks God for Trump in bizarre prayer — and then asks Him to ‘Keep America Great’
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Monday opened up the White House cabinet meeting with a bizarre prayer that explicitly thanked God for the existence of President Donald Trump.
Carson began his prayer with a standard invocation thanking God for "the blessings that you have bestowed upon this country."
After that, though, Carson gave God a thumbs-up for the work He's done in putting Trump in the White House.
"We thank You for President Trump, who also exhibits great courage in face of constant criticism," Carson said. "We ask you give him strength to endure and wisdom to lead and to recognize you as the sovereign of the universe, with the solution to everything."