Trump calls Pope Francis to offer condolences over Notre Dame fire

Pope Francis talks with U.S. President Donald Trump during a private audience at the Vatican in 2017. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)Pope Francis talks with U.S. President Donald Trump during a private audience at the Vatican in 2017. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

President Donald Trump says he had "a wonderful conversation" with Pope Francis on Wednesday, two days after a fire ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral.

Trump says in a tweet that he offered "condolences from the People of the United States for the horrible and destructive fire."


And Trump says he offered the help of "our great experts on renovation and construction" and made the same offer to French President Emmanuel Macron in a call on Tuesday.

Trump and the pope had clashed over Trump's campaign pledge to build a wall along the southern U.S. border, but they appeared to get along well when they met in person during the president's trip to the Vatican in 2017.

Trump says he also wished both the Pope and Macron "a very Happy Easter!"

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