Trump Makes Epic Blunder While Visiting California Fire Site

Trump hails Finnish forest management

Donald Trump Thinks 'Raking' Will Stop California Wildfires Because That's What They Do In The Arctic

Thousands of miles across the Atlantic, people in Finland are making a mockery out of President Donald Trump after the US leader called on Americans to be more like Finns and take care of their forest floors by "raking and cleaning and doing things".

"I mentioned [to] him that Finland is a land covered by forests and we also have a good monitoring system and network", Niinistö remembers actually saying, denying he talked raking at all.

"I was with the President of Finland and he said we have.what's different we're forest nation, he called it a forest nation".

He told a local newspaper that he had briefed Trump on Finland's efforts to surveil and care for its forests, the Associated Press wrote, "but said he can't recall anything being mentioned on raking".

In a separate tweet, the news editor wrote that people in Finland were "collectively embarrassed" by Trump's comments, adding that "there ARE forest fires in this part of the world". "But the reality is, to manage every little bit of fuel with a rake is not practical".

The two regions also have very different climates and environments, with California's dry, hot conditions more susceptible to blazes.

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President Trump also visited site of Woolsey Fire, which began on the same day as Camp Fire near Los Angeles in southern California.

"And they're raking them and they were on fire and that should have been all raked out and you wouldn't have had the fires". "He called it a forest nation", Trump told reporters. "They're raking trees, little trees like this - nut trees, little bushes, that you could see are totally dry".

The Fox host, Chris Wallace, asked whether climate change might not be a larger wildfire factor than unraked debris, but Trump didn't think so.

Citing a conversation with his Finnish counterpart, Mr Trump said they spend "a lot of time on raking and cleaning".

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An army of Finns posted photographs showing how they spent their weekends, rake in hand, working to prevent forest fires, and the liberal New York Daily News headlined its front page "Make America rake again", in a play on Trump's election slogan.

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