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Finland president Niinistö confused over Trump ‘raking’ comment

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Trump paradise
The
moment Trump recounted how the Finnish President told him about
“raking” forests.

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  • Finland’s President doesn’t remember telling Trump they rake
    forest floors to prevent wild fires, he told media on Sunday.
  • Trump told CNN on Saturday that Finns “spent a lot of time on
    raking and cleaning and doing things and they don’t have any
    problem.”
  • Sauli Niinistö said he advised Trump about fire-prevention
    but only spoke about Finland’s surveillance network, not any
    “raking.”
  • Trump made the statement on
    his first visit to the area destroyed by the Camp
    Fire,
     which killed at least 71 people.

Finland’s President said on Sunday he doesn’t remember telling
Trump they rake leaves from their forests to prevent fires, a day
after Trump said Finland has no problems due to “raking and
cleaning.”

The day before, the US president said: “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,” as
CNN noted.

“You gotta take care of the floors. You know the floors of the
forest, very important. You look at other countries where they do
it differently and it’s a whole different story,” Trump added.

President Sauli Niinistö said he spoke about forest fires with
Trump in Paris on the weekend of November 9, according to
Finnish
newspaper Ilta-Sanomat,
 but he doesn’t remember using
“Trump’s English- style word,” the paper reported. 


Read more:

Satellite images show how the Camp Fire destroyed entire towns
and killed dozens of people

Trump made the raking comments from the grim scene of Paradise,
California which was destroyed by the Camp Fire which started on
November 8 and has killed at least 71 people so far. 

In response to Trump’s comments the Finnish newspaper said:
“Raking is not normally included in the Finnish forest
management’s tool range.”

Appearing
on “Fox News Sunday,
” Trump told host Chris Wallace he
spotted firemen using a raking brush near the fire, and if they’d
done it a bit earlier it would have stopped the fire.  

He said: “I was watching the firemen the other day, and they were
raking areas, they were raking areas where the fire was right
over there.”

“That should have been all raked out and cleaned out,” Trump
said. “You wouldn’t have the fire.”

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