People in Finland are using social media to mock U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion that they "spend a lot of time raking" in forests in order to prevent wildfires.
Trump said Saturday while visiting the area of the deadliest wildfire in California history that Finnish President Sauli Niinisto told him of that method when the two met last week.
In an interview published Sunday in the Ilta-Sanomat newspaper, Niinisto said he only told Trump about the country's warning system and had no recollection of discussing raking.
The reaction from Finland included many people posting on Twitter with the hashtag "haravointi," Finnish for raking.
There were lots of posts rebranding Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan as "Rake America Great Again."
Greetings from #Finland! Just taking a break from raking leaves and having a lunch. We have the best rakes in the world! #RakeAmericaGreatAgain #RakeTheForest #Trump #SundayFunday #SundayMorning #rakenews #CaliforniaWildFires #ClimateChange #haravointi #metsänhoito #CampFire pic.twitter.com/gsM8CbLdSi— Kristiina Vahvaselkä (@TravelWithXtina) November 18, 2018
Some took a more creative approach to the task, employing more efficiency to cleaning the forest floor.
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
And from Canada, a suggestion that the whole process could be even easier.
#haravointiOh bless your hearts you cute little Finns. It’s so quaint that you frolic among the elves while raking leaves. Here in Canada we have automated with our forest Roomba. The money we saved is going into building a border wall. Guess which border we’re walling off? pic.twitter.com/AvMltRT0x4— Larry Gouge (@sunnyinsooke) November 19, 2018