Finland bemused by Trump raking comment

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDonald Trump tells reporters Finland rakes its forests Finns have been baffled by US President Donald Trump’s comments praising the country for managing its vast forests by raking. Citing a conversation with his Finnish counterpart, Mr Trump said they spend “a lot of time on raking and cleaning”.But President Sauli Niinisto told a Finnish daily he could not remember talking about raking when the two met.Firefighters in California are currently battling the deadliest blaze in the state’s history.Nearly 1,000 people remain on a list of people reported as missing, authorities say. The number of believed missing fell 283 late on Sunday, down from 1,276 people, they say, but gave no other details.Heavy rain is forecast in the coming days and could complicate efforts to find victims’ remains, but will bring relief to firefighters on the front lines.Forest nationSurveying the damage on Saturday, Mr Trump revisited his claim that poor forest management was to blame. “You look at other countries where they do it differently, and it’s a whole different story,” he said. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDrone footage shows complete devastation in the Californian town of Paradise “I was with the president of Finland, and he said: ‘We have a much different [sic]…, we’re a forest nation.’ And they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don’t have any problem,” he added.But Sauli Niinisto told the Ilta-Sanomat newspaper raking had not come up when they talked.”I mentioned [to] him that Finland is a land covered by forests and we also have a good monitoring system and network,” he said. The forestry director of the Finnish Forest Association, Heikki Savolainen, told the newspaper that raking was not usually a forest-management measure.”Those statements were very interesting. I see raking only in my own yard. It belongs to yards and parks,” he said.The day Paradise burned downFinns have been posting pictures of themselves online raking local forests, joking about “raking America great again”. Skip Twitter post by @pyryluminen Just an ordinary day in the Finnish forest ~ Ihan normipäivä suomalaisessa metsässä #Trump #forest #firesafety #raking #forestry #Finland #Finnish #CaliforniaFire #RakingAmericaGreatAgain #rakingtheforest #Suomi #haravointi #metsäpalot #rakingleaves pic.twitter.com/YOKA3D6C2K— Pyry Luminen (@pyryluminen) November 18, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @pyryluminen Skip Twitter post by @aspfors Not on my watch!#Rakenews pic.twitter.com/SOt8LHQZjt— Arto Aspfors (@aspfors) November 18, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @aspfors Skip Twitter post by @vpkivimaki I perhaps wouldn't compare Finland and California climate-wise…And besides, 80% of the country is classified as forest land. We don't exactly manicure all of it. https://t.co/fthi7FUw0N— Veli-Pekka Kivimäki (@vpkivimaki) November 17, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @vpkivimaki
Source





[social_warfare]





[social_warfare]




[social_warfare]