In the middle of a round of questions, Daniela, a 12-year-old girl from the Madrid municipality of San Agustín de Guadalix, proposed a borderline situation to the mayor: "If you could only donate money to a site, where would you donate it: to the cathedral from Notre Dame or replant the Amazon? "
Martínez-Almeida did not hesitate. "To the Notre Dame Cathedral," he replied bluntly. The children, who took for granted a sensitive response to the environment, reacted with surprise and even tried to remind the adult that in the Amazon "there are trees" and that "it is on fire and is the lung of the world".
"It is the lung of the world but the Notre Dame cathedral is a symbol of Europe and we live in Europe," said the mayor of Madrid.
The mayor continued his reasoning: “And, really, I tell you one thing: one of the best things that could have happened to Spain in recent years is to have joined the European Union thirty years ago and to share a series of common values. "
The mayor's response sparked controversy and teasing in the networks, which ironic with greater sensitivity on the part of the children.
Martínez-Almeida assumed as head of the City of Madrid, the capital of Spain, on June 15, 2019, after an election in which his party managed to form a government thanks to an alliance with the right-wing citizens and Vox parties.
Precisely, the chief also tried to explain to the children the difference between left and right, within a section in which the children gave him a certain time on the board.
"We are going to put all the means to be you who decide what you want to be. The left, however, will want to decide for you," he said.