Finland Inspired to 'Rake America Great Again'

Erika Holt
November 21, 2018

Just when you think he's said or done the single dumbest thing in the history of the American presidency, he comes over the top with something even more mind-bogglingly stupid, nearly like he's going for the high score. "We're going to have safe forests".

Mr Trump made the comments while visiting the west coast state and while chatting to survivors of the Camp Fire blaze which has killed 76 and destroyed more than 12,000 properties. Pointing to his own head, it was captioned: "Can I get one more rake out here".

The Nordic country's leader recalled telling Trump "we take care of our forests", but couldn't recall any specific mention of raking. You know the floors of the forest, very important.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto later disputed this.

The Finnish President told the newspaper that he meant to convey that although Finland is covered by forests, the nation has a good monitoring system which has helped to prevent catastrophic wildfires.

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.

But Sauli Niinisto told the Ilta-Sanomat newspaper raking had not come up when they talked. Trump told Fox News from the Oval Office on Friday - before he left for California. "And they're raking ... little bushes, that you could see are totally dry, weeds".

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Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea pleaded with fire evacuees to check the list of people reported as unreachable by family and friends and to call in if they are safe.

"That should have been all raked out", he concluded. "You wouldn't have the fire".

It's not clear what the President meant by "great climate".

Except Finland does not have that strategy for managing its vast forest reserves.

Ah yes, raking leaves!

"I told him that Finland is a country covered in forests, but we also have a good warning system and network", the president said.

"Anybody needs their floors raked?" tweeted National Basketball Association team Chicago Bulls' Finnish star Lauri Markkanen with a picture of him holding a rake.

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