In Summary
  • 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.

WASHINGTON,

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.

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

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

Although mostly known for his work with buildings and golf courses, Trump has quite a bit to say about aerospace.

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