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Trump mocked online for telling California to rake its forests like Finland to reduce fire risk

President Trump’s visit Saturday to the fire-ravaged California town of Paradise seemed to be going fine, until he began explaining his understanding of forest policy. Apparently, California needs to buy more rakes.
“You gotta take care of the floors. You know the floors of the forest, very important,” Trump told reporters, as Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom stood nearby. “You look at other countries where they do it differently and it’s a whole different story.  I was with the President of Finland and he called it a forest nation, and they spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things and they don’t have any problem. And when they do, it’s a very small problem.”
Trump appeared to be talking about the need to thin forests that are overgrown from decades of fire suppression, something that Brown accelerated this fall when he signed a law approving $1 billion in state money over the next five years for forest thinning projects and controlled burns. Trump did not mention the role of climate change in drying out the state’s forests, or the fact that many of the fires, particularly in Southern California, aren’t burning in forests at all, but chaparral, or that fact that this one began in an area of federal land, the Plumas National Forest. His communications staff immediately cut off further questions from reporters.
But people on social media pounced, noting that while California has a Mediterranean climate, Finland is a Nordic country at the same latitude as Siberia, Greenland and Alaska, where temperatures reach -45 F in the winter, and the local animals include reindeer.
Under the hashtage #rakeamericagreatagain they raked away at the topic.

We don't rake our forests here in #Finland . https://t.co/DTBhWkNZIa
— Aki Heikkinen (@akihheikkinen) November 17, 2018


And the Fins, ever faithful allies, step up to the plate. #RakeAmericaGreatAgain #RakeTheForest #Trump pic.twitter.com/VVahXCGVC4
— Memeditorialist – Yes to Prop Rep (@ajhtweeting) November 18, 2018

 
 

There are 45,864,800 acres of Federal land in California. It costs $5500/acre to clean wooded land. So for only $252billion per year Trump could clear out the land. His next (after the wall) infrastructure project? #RakeAmericaGreatAgain
— Lizzie Anne Parker (@PinehurstRare) November 17, 2018

 

Only You! #RakeAmericaGreatAgain pic.twitter.com/ShqNMWvp85
— Rad Hombre in TX (@mondiesman) November 18, 2018

 

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

 

Please tell me this Finland/raking thing didn't happen.
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) November 17, 2018

 

It occurs to me, that Finland and California have very little in common pic.twitter.com/ANddoS0P0C
— ((( JUDI KAY))) (@jak241) November 18, 2018

 

Anybody from #Finland here? How long does it take to rake your forest floor? Just asking …… #CaliforniaWildfires pic.twitter.com/GefReYDtXg
— JerryPan (@JPan77) November 17, 2018

 

YOU GOTTA TAKE CARE OF THE FLOORS. YOU KNOW THE FLOORS OF THE FOREST, VERY IMPORTANT. I WAS WITH THE PRESIDENT OF FINLAND, HE CALLED IT A FOREST NATION, AND THEY SPEND A LOT OF TIME ON RAKING AND CLEANING AND DOING THINGS AND THEY DON'T HAVE ANY PROBLEM. pic.twitter.com/6gyd8kvkB7
— Josh Chafetz (@joshchafetz) November 17, 2018

 

It has begun. #RakeAmericaGreatAgain #RakeTheForest #RakeNews pic.twitter.com/PEuMdUuNnY
— Sports Plus (@PrepSportsPlus) November 18, 2018


Rake it in. @realDonaldTrump #RakeAmericaGreatAgain #californiawildfire pic.twitter.com/AYy3HMqURv
— Juha (@lystila) November 18, 2018


We should follow Finland’s example and #RakeAmericaGreatAgain ! pic.twitter.com/wB9BRXMW31
— Kevy Nova 
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