Donald Trump’s ‘disrespectful’ tribute to Paris during the Notre Dame Fire has not gone down well

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Yes, Donald Trump actually gave the firefighters advice, and to say it went down badly would be a huge understatement – Jenny Proudfoot//marie claire

Donald Trump never fails to be controversial, and from his greeting the Queen with a handshake to making friends with Putin, the past year has been no exception.

Trump’s real weak point seems to be tributes, with the 72-year-old’s attempts never failing to cause offence.

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Last year he complained that he ‘didn’t get a thank you’ after Senator John McCain’s state funeral, and he marked the death of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, by announcing that she had worked for him on many occasions.

This week however it was Paris that fell victim to a Donald Trump tribute, following the news that one of France’s most famous landmarks, Notre Dame Cathedral, had caught fire.

The 850-year-old building is still standing, with the main structure and two bell towers reportedly saved, but its iconic spire and roof has collapsed, causing irreparable damage.

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Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can.

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World leaders flocked in to pay their respects. ‘My heart goes out to Paris’, announced Hillary Clinton, while Barack Obama called the landmark ‘one of the world’s greatest treasures’.

Donald Trump however took a different approach, giving some advice.

‘So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris,’ he tweeted. ‘Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!’

Yes, Donald Trump actually gave the firefighters advice, and to say it went down badly would be a huge understatement.

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