Niinistö advised the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, a CNN affiliate, that the topic of raking was by no means introduced up in his conversations with Trump. He mentioned that they did talk about the California wildfires once they met, and that he advised Trump “we handle our forests.”
The Finnish President advised the newspaper that he meant to convey that though Finland is roofed by forests, the nation has an excellent monitoring system which has helped to forestall catastrophic wildfires. He added that he solely sees raking in his personal yard, and surmised that raking maybe got here to Trump’s thoughts after he noticed firefighters raking a few of the burned areas in California.
Nonetheless, Trump talked about raking whereas surveying the devastation in Northern California on Saturday.
Trump additionally advised Fox Information’ Chris Wallace throughout an interview final week that aired on “Fox Information Sunday” that he noticed firemen raking brush close to the wildfires, and that doing so earlier might have prevented the fires.
“I used to be watching the firemen the opposite day, and so they had been raking areas, they had been raking areas the place the hearth was proper over there,” Trump mentioned. “They usually’re raking … little bushes, that you would see are completely dry, weeds. They usually’re raking them — they’re on fireplace.”
“That ought to have been all raked out and cleaned out,” Trump added. “You would not have the hearth.”
Some on social media pointed to the distinction in Finland and California’s climates as a potential purpose for differing approaches to forest administration.
Bemused Finns additionally took to their accounts to mock the suggestion that raking forest flooring was a nationwide obligation.
Some posted photos of the Rake Group — an actual property concern in Helsinki — for tongue-in-cheek references to the remark.