Finland memes Trump for suggesting ‘raking’ stops wildfires

Finnish president says he briefed Trump on forest monitoring

The Nordic country's leader recalled telling Trump "we take care of our forests", but couldn't recall any specific mention of raking.

He then said, "You've got..."

CNN reported Saturday that Trump toured properties in Paradise, the community of 27,000 that was almost completely destroyed in the fire, before answering questions from reporters alongside Paradise Mayor Jody Jones, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, California Governor Jerry Brown, and Lieutenant Governor and Governor-elect Gavin Newsom.

Apparently, President Sauli Niinistö never told him that "raking" prevents wildfires.

"And they don't have any problem".

This is despite the US Government being responsible for 57 per cent of the state's forests.

Even so, Trump's leaf-raking comments were fodder for the internet, and Finnish people couldn't resist the joke opportunity. And asked if seeing the devastation changed his mind on climate change, Trump said: "No. No".

Finns were certainly amused by the idea that their country, which is larger than New Mexico and is also three-quarters forest, avoids wildfires through widespread raking.

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Brian Rice, president of the California Professional Firefighters, called Trump's earlier remark "ill-informed", and added: "It is the federal government that has chosen to divert resources away from forest management, not California". "And they're raking them - they're on fire".

Authorities in California are working to locate more than one thousand missing people. Trump told Fox News from the Oval Office on Friday - before he left for California. "They're raking trees, little trees like this that are nut trees, little bushes, that you could see are totally dry".

What's more, the biologist says that raking the forests would do more harm than good when it comes to the overall health of the trees.

"If preventing wildfires were as easy as raking leaves, we would have done that by now, but it is a very complicated issue".

Yana Valachovic, a forest adviser with the University of California, told the Washington Post that managing forests would actually reduce the severity of the blazes.

"Just been out in the forest raking".

As the co-hosts talked about how ridiculous this whole thing is, Goldberg said, "What we need him to do is shut up. But the reality is, to manage every little bit of fuel with a rake is not practical".

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