California wildfires: Finland bemused by Trump raking comment

Trump hails Finnish forest management

Speaking to reporters during the weekend while in California to see the impact of devastating forest fires, the USA president again blamed forest management, but said Finland had the answer.

This is despite the US Government being responsible for 57 per cent of the state's forests. "And they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don't have any problem".

Finns have been baffled by US President Donald Trump's comments praising the country for managing its vast forests by raking. Surprisingly, he managed to condense them into three minutes, although he did leave out a few "foot in mouth" moments.

The president made the comments during a trip to survey the damage wrought by the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, asserting that American have "gotta take care of the floors, you know, the floors of the forest".

President Donald Trump talks with Finnish president Sauli Niinisto as they pose for a photo in Helsinki in July 2018.

Maybe it wasn't Niinisto who gave Trump the raking idea.

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Forests cover over 70 percent of Finland's 338,000 square kilometers.

Firefighters in California are now battling the deadliest blaze in the state's history.

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. And asked if seeing the devastation changed his mind on climate change, Trump said: "No. No".

The Finns and others have also been having fun at the expense of Trump's raking remarks using the hashtag #RakeNews and #RakeAmericaGreatAgain.

For Armstrong, the erroneous remark added what she said was a new level of betrayal by the president.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told reporters the number of people unaccounted for had soared, from 631 to 1,011, in 24 hours as authorities received more reports of people missing, and after earlier emergency calls were reviewed.

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