President Donald Trump is "very likely" to donate money for the purpose of rebuilding the Notre Dame Cathedral after this week's fire, Newsmax has learned.
Newsmax's White House correspondent John Gizzi tweeted his sources revealed Trump is considering a donation.
"Trump very likely to personally donate to rebuild Notre Dame, WH sources tell me," Gizzi wrote.
The tweet came shortly before Trump said he had spoken with Pope Francis about Monday's devastating fire, which burned through the roof of the 12th century church and collapsed its main spire.
"Just had a wonderful conversation with @Pontifex Francis offering condolences from the People of the United States for the horrible and destructive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. I offered the help of our great experts on renovation and construction as I did...."
In a follow-up tweet, he wrote:
"....in my conversation yesterday with President @EmmanuelMacron of France. I also wished both Pope Francis and President Macron a very Happy Easter!"
A French official said Notre Dame was "15 to 30 minutes" away from being totally destroyed. Hundreds of firefighters battled the blaze for hours and were able to save the two towers of the cathedral, which would have caused catastrophic damage had they collapsed.
Many relics were saved as well, including a crown of thorns that is said to have been worn by Jesus Christ when he was crucified.
© 2021 Newsmax. All rights reserved.