(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – 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.
Surveying 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.