President Donald J. Trump, on behalf of the American people, offered condolences to President Emmanuel Macron of France for the devastation caused by the fire at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris.
In a statement, the White House Press Secretary said, "Notre Dame will continue to serve as a symbol of France, including its freedom of religion and democracy. France is the oldest ally of the United States, and we remember with grateful hearts the tolling of Notre Dame’s bells on September 12, 2001, in solemn recognition of the tragic September 11th attacks on American soil. Those bells will sound again."
On April 18, 2019, Secretary Michael R. Pompeo offered his condolences to French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on the fire at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. Secretary Pompeo praised the quick response of Parisian firefighter and police units, which ensured that no lives were lost and that most of the irreplaceable artwork was saved. The Secretary affirmed that the United States was committed to helping France rebuild such a historic and iconic treasure and place of worship.
The United States stands with French citizens, the city of Paris, and the millions of visitors from around the world who have sought solace in that iconic structure.