Longtime French diplomat Gérard Araud poured cold water on President Donald Trump’s plan to save Notre Dame cathedral.
Araud currently serves as France’s ambassador to the United States. He previously served as France’s UN ambassador.
CNN’s Jake Tapper interviewed Araud after Donald Trump had added his insight on the situation.
“So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris,” Trump tweeted. “Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out.”
“Must act quickly!” he added, as if he were the first to have the thought.
Araud addressed the idea while on CNN.
“The fire is at 100 feet, and as was explained, it’s not possible to use water tankers, which could only worsen the situation of the building,” Araud explained.
The French General Directorate of Civil Security and Crisis Management agreed, which they explained in a rare English tweet, seemly aimed directly at President Trump.
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
Trump suffering an ‘erosion’ of his base — and it spells disaster for his campaign: CNN analyst
On Thursday, CNN political director David Chalian broke down one of the most ominous numbers for President Donald Trump in the new polls showing him down double digits to former Vice President Joe Biden.
"So in the approval, I think we see that down to 84 percent among Republicans," said Chalian. "Obviously, still, most Republicans are with the president ... but it's this little slippage that is actually significant. In the horserace, in the Biden versus Trump matchup, he gets 84 percent of Republican support. Joe Biden is in the 90s."
"So there's a little bit of erosion from key constituencies here, his fellow Republicans," said Chalian. "And just a little bit of an erosion in your base when your entire strategy for three and a half years has been all about jazzing up that base, not about trying to win the middle — the middle is gone for Donald Trump right now — but now we're seeing, because of his handling of the virus, this chipping away at the core supporters as well. That's a problem, given the way he's built his entire approach for the last three and a half years."
The problem isn’t the campaign manager — it’s Trump: Republican analyst
Switching up the campaign manager four months before the election when the latest poll shows you 12 points down has nothing to do with the campaign's leadership, Republican analyst Amanda Carpenter explained on CNN Wednesday.
"The problem isn't that Donald Trump has a bad campaigner," said Carpenter in an interview with CNN's Don Lemon. "They're raising tons of money. They have a boatload of surrogates. The problem is that he has a bad presidency. And no one -- no one, no spin master, not Kellyanne Conway, not Brad Parscale can spin the most important number of this election, and that's -- at present, 137,000 dead and rising. And so what we need to see if Donald Trump wants to turn this around is to turn around his white house. And I have four words of advice: More Fauci, less Kayleigh."
‘Are you kidding me?’ CNN’s Cuomo lays into Trump for hawking Goya products during a pandemic
On CNN Wednesday, Chris Cuomo exploded with outrage over the image of President Donald Trump promoting Goya food products from the Oval Office — just a day after his daughter did the same.
"The pandemic is in full effect," said Cuomo. "You tell me how a president, in the middle of a pandemic, has got time for this bullsh*t. Are you kidding me? Hawking products? Goya, I don't care who it is. Resolute Desk? This is what he's resolute about? Pandemic priorities? His daughter Ivanka, top White House adviser, are you kidding me? Marketing for a brand following calls for a boycott after Goya's CEO heaped praise on Trump last week. On your dime, in the middle of a pandemic, they're selling beans. Are you kidding me?"