While visiting California this weekend, President Donald Trump said Finnish President Sauli Niinisto told him that "raking" was part of the country's forest management before insinuating that it's something the United States should be doing to mitigate wildfires.
"I mentioned [to] him that Finland is a land covered by forests and we also have a good monitoring system and network", Niinistö reportedly told Ilta-Sanomat, Finland's second-largest newspaper.
"To see what's happened here, nobody would have ever thought this could have happened", Trump said as he visited Paradise, a small community in the Sierra foothills, 175 miles north of San Francisco, where authorities say the remains of at least 71 people have been recovered.
"While Niinistö might have had a diplomatic response to Trump's comments, residents of Finland have not held back, taking to social media to mock Trump over his "raking" comments with a new "#RakeAmericaGreatAgain" hashtag.
Pyry Luminen posted a photo of herself pretending to hoover the forest floor, while Teemu Pasila tweeted that he was busy raking "some 228,000 square kilometres of forest".
The European nation of about 5.5 million people is among one of the world's most environmentally conscious countries.
The president made the gaffe Saturday, saying: 'As big as (the fires) look on the tube, you don't see whats going on until you come here, and what we saw at Pleasure - what a name right now'.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Bandar Seri Begawan for a state visit to Brunei on November 18, 2018. Chinese foreign ministry official Zhang Xiaolong denied the incident, telling reporters: "It's not true".
During his visit Trump trod through ash, flanked by skeletal trees and twisted cars, seemingly shocked by the intensity of what he witnessed.
This is despite the US Government being responsible for 57 per cent of the state's forests. So what is causing the California forest fires then?
"I think that California's been really awful to him". "I don't think we'll have this again to this extent".
Honea said it was possible authorities might never have a final total of those killed in the Paradise fire.
He also suggested California's severe wildfires will make believers of even the most ardent climate change skeptics "in less than five years", and that those living near forests might need to build underground shelters to protect them from fires.
Trump took to Twitter just over a week ago to blame a recent spate of fires on forest mismanagement.