‘Make America rake again’: Finns savagely troll Trump over weird wildfire gaffe

Katie Ramirez
November 19, 2018

"You know the floors of the forest, very important", President Trump said on Saturday to the bemusement of those in attendance. "I was with the president of Finland [.] he called it a forest nation and they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things and they don't have any problem".

Crews searching for remains of people after the devastating Northern California wildfire are stepping up their efforts ahead of rains forecast for later this week that could complicate their work.

Almost 1,300 people remain unaccounted for and the death toll from the country's deadliest wildfire in a century climbed to 76, authorities said Saturday, hours after US President Donald Trump surveyed what remained of a decimated Northern California community.

Even before those comments, Trump received a slew of criticism for a tone-deaf response to a state hurting badly from the human and economic impact of its most deadly wildfire in history, and where nearly 1300 people are listed as missing. "And when it is, it's a very small problem".

Almost 400 people searched for victims amid the scorched debris in Paradise on Sunday, wading through ash that officials say could turn into a thick paste, the Associated Press reported.

"So yeah, you can mull the science, but I'll tell you every year it's going to get clearer and clearer so that I think in less than five years, even the worst skeptics are going to be believers".

President Donald Trump toured the area Saturday, joined by California's outgoing and incoming governors, both Democrats who have traded sharp barbs with the Republican administration.

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In an interview with Fox, he claimed "nobody's ever seen what's going on over there" in California - despite it being the nation's most populous state, and media extensively covering the fire since it began. The fire covered 148,000 acres, fire officials said. "It's like total devastation", Trump said as he stood amid the ruins of Paradise and pledged the full support of the federal government.

As of Friday, the only missing mountain lion was one dubbed P-74, a young male born previous year.

Trump has blamed the recent spate of fires on forest mismanagement, and he said he discussed the issue with Brown and Newsom on the ride into Paradise.

"There have been some back and forth between California leaders and the president", Brown said. "I don't think we'll have this again to this extent".

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.

Southern California was hit by the Woolsey fire, which has killed 3, and destroyed 1,452 homes as well as buildings, many of them in ritzy Malibu. It was 65 per cent contained.

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