President Sauli Niinistö of Finland, however, told Finnish paper Ilta-Sanomat that's not what was said. I was with the president of Finland and he called it a forest nation, and they spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things and they don't have any problem.
He didn't mention that part of Finland is actually in the Arctic Circle.
An army of Finns posted photographs showing how they spent their weekends, rake in hand, working to prevent forest fires, and the liberal New York Daily News headlined its front page "Make America rake again", in a play on Trump's election slogan.
Asked at one point if the massive fire had changed his mind on climate change, Trump said: 'No, no.
"And they're raking them and they were on fire and that should have been all raked out and you wouldn't have had the fires".
"If preventing wildfires were as easy as raking leaves, we would have done that by now, but it is a very complicated issue".
He also told the newspaper that he remembers uttering the phrase "we take care of our forests" during their conversation. "And each year, managing that pine litter adjacent to our homes and buildings is super important".
Firefighters in California are now battling the deadliest blaze in the state's history.
California's problems are complicated, she said - a combination of hot, dry climates, poor community design and "100 years of fire suppression" that helped turn forests into tinder boxes.
Two electric utilities companies said they had problems with equipment close to where the current blazes broke out around the time they were reported.
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They also have no idea how the small population could rake vast swathes of forest.