Trump says ‘to be honest’ the Notre Dame fire ‘puts a damper’ on fun presidential events
Donald Trump appears at an economic forum in Minnesota (Fox Business News/screen grab)

President Donald Trump on Monday complained that a devastating fire at Notre Dame cathedral had put a "damper" on the excitement at his presidential events.

Trump spoke about the Notre Dame blaze at the start of an economic forum in Minnesota.

"Notre Dame cathedral is something like few people have witnessed," Trump told the crowd. "When we left [Air Force One], it was, it was burning at a level that you rarely see a fire burn. It is one of the great treasures of the world."

"Probably if you think about it, I would say, it might be greater than almost any museum in the world," he continued. "Looks like it is burning to the ground. So, that puts a damper what we're about to say. To be honest."

Trump also praised the cathedral for being "part of our culture."

"That is a truly great cathedral. I've seen it. There is no cathedral I think I say, probably no cathedral in the world like it," he said. "It is a terrible sight to behold. With that being said I want to tell you that a lot of progress has been made by our country in the last 2 1/2 years."

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