Make America rake again: Finland makes fun of Trump's fire prevention strategy


By late Sunday, raking-related terms were among the most popular Twitter hashtags and Google searches in the Nordic nation which is 72 per cent covered by forests, predominantly of pine, birch and fir.

Seemingly placing the blame once more he insensitively said about seeing firefighters clearing dried brush: 'This should have been all raked out'. "You know the floors of the forest, very important", Trump said Saturday during a tour of the destruction left in the wake of the Camp fire.

He said: "You gotta take care of the floors".

'Just an ordinary day in the Finnish forest, ' one user wrote.

This time, it's a raking controversy - yes, as in, raking leaves to stop the California wildfires - that is drawing him a TON of unwanted attention from Americans... as well as the Scandinavian nation of Finland!

When Trump was asked in an interview if the human-caused climate crisis-which has contributed to prolonged droughts and high California heat-may have more to do with the devastating fires than insufficient raking, he said no.

"I was watching the firemen the other day, and they were raking areas". "You wouldn't have the fires".

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Donald Trump left talking with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in Helsinki

The US president told reporters while visiting the ruins of the northern California town where a fire killed at least 77 people that wildfires were not a problem in Finland because crews "spend a lot of time on raking".

Ever since the seriousness of the California blaze first became clear, Mr Trump has spoken repeatedly about forest management and fires.

But Gov. Jerry Brown, who has been on the front lines of California's new-normal natural disasters, attempted to provide some much needed context.

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.

"I think everybody's seen the light and I don't think we'll have this again to this extent". However, the country has very few forest fires even compared to neighboring Sweden, which had bad fires this year.

The president also visited devastated Malibu but declined to comment on whether climate change specifically was behind the wildfires.

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A day later, he tried to put a rosier shine on the situation, telling reporters: "I'm sure it will be just fine". That decision angered Trump and led to the president repeatedly criticizing his attorney general in public.