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
Trump adviser Stephen Miller avoiding press and outsiders as president ramps up racist rhetoric: report
According to a report from the Daily Beast, senior advisor for policy to Donald Trump, Stephen Miller is becoming more reclusive at the White House at the same time that the president is ramping up his hateful rhetoric against immigrants -- a topic on which the controversial Miller has the president's ear.
With the Beast noting, "Over the years, the 33-year-old senior policy adviser to the president has become virtually synonymous with the draconian immigration measures of the administration. He was a driving force behind the president’s brutal family-separation policy, one of the architects of Trump’s 'Muslim travel ban,' constantly agitates against legal immigration levels and refugees, and serves as the top White House speechwriter," the report states that Miller is rarely seen or heard from lately.
GOP now panicking about Trump because they’re losing ‘plausible deniability’ for their racist agenda: columnist
After smearing Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as anti-Semitic—-and letting the crowd at his Greenville, North Carolina rally roar "send her back!" for more than 10 seconds -- President Donald Trump was forced to distance himself from the chant.
He falsely claimed that he'd continued his speech immediately after the crowd started yelling. On Friday, the New York Times reported that Trump was under intense pressure by his daughter, Ivanka, and Vice President Mike Pence, to disavow the chants.
Writing in the Washington Post, columnist Greg Sargent lays out why "send her back" makes Republicans so nervous, when they seem perfectly fine with radical immigration policies like zero-tolerance and the separation of kids from their parents, which are applied to non-white asylum seekers.
‘Catastrophic,’ ‘beyond shameful,’ and ‘xenophobia-fueled’ Trump administration panned over proposal to slash refugee cap to zero
"An admissions goal of zero would be another low in a global race to the bottom"
Human rights advocates said the Trump administration would be making a "catastrophic" and "grave error" if it followed through on a newly-reported proposal to slash refugee admissions to zero next year.
"It is beyond shameful and a new low, even for this administration, to even consider accepting no refugees to the U.S.," said Ryan Mace, grassroots advocacy and refugee specialist for Amnesty International USA.