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President Donald Trump examines a fire truck from Wisconsin-based manufacturer Pierce on the South Lawn during a “Made in America” product showcase event at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Olivier Douliery (Photo credit should read OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s forestry policy seems solid:

President Trump on Friday told Fox News host Chris Wallace that he believes wildfires in California could be eradicated if the state had raked all 33 million acres of forest.
A day before he was expected to travel to the state to see the damage himself, the president told Wallace he had seen the firemen on his television raking under trees and bushes near the flames and said that had the forests and grasslands been raked out earlier, there would be no fires burning.

“Nobody’s ever seen what’s going on over there,” he said about the record-breaking wildfires. “Burned beyond recognition, they can’t even see the bodies, it’s incredible,” he said about the growing death toll across the state.

“I was watching the firemen the other day and they were raking areas, they were raking areas where the fire was right over there and they’re raking trees, little trees like this, not trees, little bushes, that you could see are totally dry, weeds,” Trump said. “And they’re raking them, they are on fire. That should have been all raked out and cleaned out. You wouldn’t have the fires.”

Is it infrastructure week yet so we can deploy the entirety of the American population to rake 33 million acres of forest? If only Gifford Pinchot had thought of this.

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