"And they spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don't have any problem".
In Finland, meanwhile, their president said he'd told Trump that Finland "takes care of our forests" but he has no friggin' idea why little Donny thought he'd talked about raking.
Except Finland does not have that strategy for managing its vast forest reserves.
The two regions also have very different climates and environments, with California's dry, hot conditions more susceptible to blazes.
They've been there for us after the Idiot-In-Chief visited a ravaged California - the death count is now 76, with 1,300 feared dead - stood awkwardly in the rubble of what was once Paradise, which he called "Pleasure", and spewed gibberish.
However, raking wasn't brought up in the conversation, Niinisto said.
"I was watching the firemen the other day, and they were raking areas".
Speaking to reporters during the weekend while in California to see the impact of devastating forest fires, the United States president again blamed forest management, but said Finland had the answer.
"The fire was right over there and they were raking trees, little trees like this, nut trees, little bushes that you could see were totally dry, weeds".
"Just been out in the forest raking".
Firefighters in California are now battling the deadliest blaze in the state's history.
"And they don't have a problem", Trump said. Asked by reporters if what he'd witnessed had changed his fatuous, obstinate climate change denial, he said, "No, no, I have very strong opinions on that".
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Hundreds of people have already been located, but the overall number keeps growing because officials are adding names, including those reported as missing during the disaster's chaotic early hours, he said.
Trump's "compliment" for Finland caused a stir on social media, where hashtags like #RakeAmericaGreat Again and #RakeNews were widely shared.