Trump’s Weird Lie About Raking in Finland: A Closer Look

Trump’s Weird Lie About Raking in Finland: A Closer Look


-President Trump made up
another weird thing about a foreign country while
attacking a retired Admiral for not getting
Osama bin Laden sooner. For more on this,
it’s time for “A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ] Whether you believe Donald Trump
colluded with Russia or not, whether you consider him a
threat to democracy or not, one thing I think everyone can
agree on is that he is weird. He is a weird man. Just a flag-hugging,
umbrella-ditching, can’t do a normal handshake
kind of weirdo. And one of the weird little
things about Donald Trump’s presidency is
that every few months or so he concocts a bizarre lie
about another country, and then everyone in that
country has to figure out what the hell
he’s talking about. Remember when he did it to
Sweden last year? -You look at what’s happening
last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?
Sweden. -Now, those words about Sweden
sparked a quick backlash with officials in that country
who wanted to know what he was talking about
because there was no attack in Sweden the previous night. -This was front-page news here
on Monday, it’s also been the subject of a
significant amount of ridicule online and people you talk to
here making jokes, you know. What was Donald Trump
referring to last night when he spoke on Saturday,
jokes like, “Hey, did someone take
all our Swedish meatballs?” -Okay, but please don’t
joke about it because then Trump will think
you’re serious and start repeating that, too. -Immigrants are
sneaking into Sweden and stealing their meatballs,
folks. And it’s very upsetting to their
celebrity chefs. He called me last night. He called me on the phone last
night and he said, and these are his exact words,
he said to me, “Schmorgity, borgity,
borgity, borg.” And you know, it’s so true.
I said it’s so true. Seriously, you know it’s bad
when even the Swedes are mocking us. This would be like Ikea changing
their instructions to this. [ Laughter ] Then Trump did it again
in September when he went to the U.N.
and said something about Germany that was
so detached from reality, even the German delegation
couldn’t help but laugh at him. -Germany will become totally
dependent on Russian energy if it does not immediately
change course. Here in the Western hemisphere
we are committed to maintaining our independence
from the encroachment of expansionist foreign powers. [ Laughter ] -Not only
are these dudes laughing, but look at this lady’s face. [ Laughter ] She doesn’t know what the hell
he’s talking about and she’s from a country where
this is a real word. [ Laughter ] And then there’s one of Trump’s
weirdest recurring lines, that he has a friend
in Paris who keeps telling him that Paris
is no longer Paris. -I have a friend, every year he
goes to Paris. I haven’t seen him in awhile. Paris, oh, the city of lights. He’s told me for years,
Paris, Paris. I see him, like, a month ago. “How was Paris this summer?” “I don’t go to Paris,
are you kidding me?” I have a friend used to go to
Paris, loved Paris. I said to him recently,
“How was Paris this summer?” “He said we don’t go to Paris.” He said,
“Paris is no longer Paris.” Which is obviously true. I have a friend, he’s a very,
very substantial guy. He loves the city of lights.
He loves Paris. And I said, Jim,
let me ask you a question. “How is Paris doing?” “Paris?
I don’t go there anymore. Paris is no longer Paris.” -I feel like what happened here,
is Trump went to Paris, met a mime, and misinterpreted
what he was saying. My friend Jim told me immigrants
are climbing, they’re climbing into Paris —
They’re trying to pull. The police are trying to pull
them out, but they can’t, and that’s why, you know,
they need, you know. They need a wall. [ Cheers and applause ] I’d rather talk to a mime than
an American who calls it Pa-ris. He’s telling me Pa-ris, Pa-ris. So if you’re keeping track,
Trump he made up a fake terror attack in Sweden, claimed Germany
was captive to Russia, and said Paris
just doesn’t exist anymore. And Trump did it again over
the weekend when he traveled to California to survey damage
from the wildfires there. He made a very strange claim about how they prevent
forest fires in Finland. Watch as your deeply weird
President stands awkwardly to the current incumbent
governors of California and rambles, incoherently, like
he just overdosed on SUDAFED. -I’m committing to make sure
that we get all of this cleaned out and protected, Gotta take care of the floors,
the floors of the forest. It’s very important. You look at other countries
where they do it differently, and it’s
a whole different story. I was with the president of
Finland and he said, “We have a much different —
we’re a forest nation.” 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. And what it is,
it’s a very small problem. I know everybody’s
looking at that to that end. And it’s going to work out.
It’s going to work out well. -Look at everyone else trying
not to look at him. They all look like parents at
the grocery store Whose toddler just said,
“Daddy, that lady is fat.” [ Laughter ] [ Cheers and applause ] If you didn’t know
Trump was president, you’d think he was a weirdo who
just walked up to them from his trailer in the woods. He’s going to be
covered in leaves and holding
a giant walking stick. You got to rake the floors! You got to rake the floors
of the forest! [ Laughter ] That’s what my friend,
Nutty the squirrel, told me, isn’t that right, Nutty? Can we go back to
this real quick. -You got to take care of the
floors. You know,
the floors of the forest. -Why does he call it
the floor of the forest? It’s the ground. [ Laughter ] Does he also call the sky the
ceiling of the Earth? The more he talks,
the clearer it is that he has never been outside. [ Laughter ] These wildfires, the floor is
filthy, now we got to mop it up. We’ll also be replacing these
wood columns with steel beams. And as you can see,
the roof is gone. And of course, once again — [ Cheers and applause ] Once again it happened with
Sweden, Germany, and Paris, the president of Finland
had to come out and publicly clarify that he did
not, in fact, tell Trump that people in his country rake
the floors of the forest. -The President of Finland says
he did discuss the California wildfires
with President Trump, but he doesn’t quite recall
the conversation the same way. He said they did talk about
California’s wildfires, and some of the ways that
Finland maintains the forest, but raking did not come up. -Keeps happening. Trump makes up something insane
about another country and then the president
of that country has to come out and say
it’s not true. We’re like a week away
from the president of Romania calling a press conference
to say, “I did not tell President Trump
that vampires are real.” And again… [ Applause ] And again, just as
the Germans laughed at us, and the Swedes made fun of us,
the Finnish people are now mocking Trump’s comments on
social media, like this woman who tweeted “Just an ordinary day
in the Finnish forest.” with a picture of herself
vacuuming the ground outside. You mean that? That’s pretty
good. That’s very good. Can we see real quick the German
reaction to that? There you go. They like it. Trump has to concoct fantastical
lies like this because they reinforce his
diluted world view and they’re easier to swallow
than reality, and in this case the reality is
that man-made climate change is making these fires more
frequent and extreme, but Trump would rather make up
an insane fantasy about firefighters
raking forest floors than admit that
climate change is having deadly real-world consequences. Just watch this exchange
from an interview “Fox News” aired over the weekend. -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. And they’re raking them.
They’re on fire. That should have been all raked
out and cleaned out. -What about the argument it’s
climate change? That it’s drier,
it’s hotter, and that that’s contributing
to it? -maybe it contributes a little
bit. The big problem we have is
management. You need forest management.
It has to be. I’m not saying that
in a negative way, I’m just saying the facts. And I’ve really learned a lot. -No, you haven’t. Though in fairness,
if you don’t know anything and then you learn one thing,
it seems like a lot. [ Laughter ] [ Cheers and applause ] The president
is a conspiracy theorist who makes up cartoonish lies
about everything from wildfires to immigration. And when you call him out, he
attacks you. Just take retired Admiral
William McRaven, a Navy SEAL who oversaw the raid
that killed Osama bin Laden. McRaven has criticized Trump’s
attacks on the press and in return,
Trump decided to insult him. -Bill McRaven, retired Admiral,
Navy SEAL, 37 years, former head of
U.S. Special Operations. -Hillary Clinton fan.
-Special operations — -Excuse me,
Hillary Clinton fan. -Who led the operations,
commanded the operations that took down Saddam Hussein
and killed Osama bin Laden says that
your sentiment is the greatest threat to democracy
in his lifetime. -He’s a Hillary Clinton backer
and an Obama backer. And, frankly —
-He’s a Navy SEAL. -Wouldn’t it have been nice
if we got Osama bin Laden a lot
sooner than that. -You’re attacking him for not
getting Osama bin Laden sooner? Oh, because I totally
could see you charging in there in your hat
and your wind breaker, swinging a rake
like it’s a sword. Where are you? Osama? Osama! I’m gonna —
I’m gonna rake your floors. [ Laughter ] Trump then went on
to claim that it was obvious to everyone
where bin Laden was hiding, and also found a way
to work in a very strange dig at bin Laden’s compound. -Think of this,
living in Pakistan, beautifully in Pakistan
in what I guess they considered a nice mansion,
I don’t know, I’ve seen nicer. Mm. You can make
this idiot a president And everything still
comes back to real estate. It’s in a little neighborhood in
the middle of Pakistan, I call it Mid-Pac. [ Laughter ] The Mid-Packing district. [ Laughter ] Only Donald Trump. Only Donald Trump can make
himself feel better by implying he has a nicer house
than Osama bin Laden. Bin laden’s already one of the
most hated evil people in the history
of human civilization. You’re not, like, burning him by
saying he has a crappy house. Who’s Trump gonna go after next? You know,
people make fun of my hair, but it’s much nicer
than the Unabomber’s. [ Laughter ] We have a president who concocts
outlandish lies and spreads conspiracy theories
and attacks anyone who calls him out,
and all the while the rest of the world
laughs at us, from Finland to Germany to — -Sweden! -This has been “A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ]

100 comments

  1. Well done Seth, this has to be one of the best if not the best news report I've heard. It just leaves me in tears no matter how many times I see it.

  2. HITH could people rake the falling leaves and brush from entire forests all over a state as large as California in the first damned place..

  3. WHO THE HELL IS SETH MEYERS IN DATE OF NOVEMBER 19 2016….OH….SETH MEYER IS GONE HISTORY. . FOR TODAY DATE IS AUGUST 20 2019…. AND GUESS WHAT'S WILL BE COME NEAR FUTURE ELECTION DAY ANOTHER 4 YEARS. .. ANOTHER FOUR YEARS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF DONALD JOHN TRUMP ….2020 THRU 2024 ….PROTECTION COVERAGE OF SPIRIT OF GOD. … .

  4. I always felt it’s my problem what happens in USA since I live far away but now trump is hunting Finland the most peaceful country and the country that my home is in.

  5. https://quillette.com/2019/06/11/its-time-for-sweden-to-admit-explosions-are-a-national-emergency/

    EU buys a lot of Gas about 39% from Russia via Gazprom.

  6. People say it's sad ! I say it's a big joke ! Media is controlled by money of Satan SOROS. All the reporters anti-Trump are not human, they are slaves of Devil !!! Finally, Satan # from Angel. Wait & see…

  7. what's really funny is that paris actually smells like piss and is overencumbered with tourists and
    people who used to go there don't like going there anymore
    Seth Meyers probably knows this and is making a joke because he's funny and likes money

  8. Only joke here is the belittling of almost daily violent attacks in Sweden. Trump probably just threw it out there to cause drama as usual but reality is really that which he is speaking of.

  9. How in the name of Jesus, does this bum have a job. Oh yeah Satan owns NBC, CBS, ABC, . . CNN, ALL THE NEWSPEAKERS😇😘🙏❤✌

  10. Hitch hikers guide to America- Don,t Panic!-'Trump-et's limo lost a wheel- does he walk- it won't be far- foot spurs will kick in.

  11. No class what so ever. The guy is like a school kid that's trying to turn anyone against the kids he doesn't like

  12. Ha, if you think that was bad, it's 10 months later and tRump has gotten even more embarrassing.
    As Republican leadership cower quietly at the Corrupter in Chiefs feet.

  13. Couldn't breathe this was so funny 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😎😎🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  14. I’m Finnish and think what Trump was trying to say was that fallen trees and such should be taken away. Well, of course California is way different from Finland. Maybe he should understand he’s not the right person to educate the local experts. This is Kim Jong Un or Putin type of stuff. No, he doesn’t know better and yes, they’re doing their best. Also, I’m sure that those experts around the globe communicate with each others, have conferences etc. and know what are the best known tactics in any climate and terrain.

  15. Is it just me or does everyone expect President Trump to screw up everything. Forest Floor or even O Horizon are grammatically correct, but Floor of the Forest……yikes, grab a book!

  16. The ludicrous garbage Spanky comes out with would actually be comedy genius if his character was written by a team of comedy writers. He’d actually make a great addition to The Simpson’s cast, Krusty, Sideshow, Bee Guy etc. ✌️🇺🇸

  17. tRump & Osama Bin Laden. One is the most vile hated evil person in the history of our planet…

    and the other is Osama Bin Laden.

  18. Alltough he is true, paris is not paris anymore its more like Baghdad. And Germany will get more dependent of Russian energy when they close their nuclear reactors.
    Most of what he says actually makes sense.

  19. And IF Jesus did come back, I GUARENTEE you those evangelicals will do the exact same thing way back then… crucify him.

  20. after watching this idiot … i m like if that dumb could become the president of US , then anything is possible. Like i have seen a good no. Of dumb politicians in my country but he… he tops it.

  21. I've heard that Arabic immigrants are invading the white territories overseas.. in fact considering the tons of cocaine and heroin the arabs (Spanish) in central and south America flood our country with.. it is no laughing matter..and the hundreds of millions of dollars they've made in doing so.,.. that must be canned laughter.. The walk in immigrants are slaves primarily.. There are two main kinds of people south of the border, imo,, although admittedly I have never been there.. but those two main types of peoples are ,, Asian indigenous Indians.. and the invading Spanish people who are Mediterranean arab and white mixed.. the "real Spanish",,
    My guess is the "real Spanish": have ties to London.. at least through Catholicism..oh,, imo..

  22. Prediction of a psychic for 2019: "There is no trade war on the horizon for this year, and the relationship between both countries will be stable. Around the middle of the year, both countries will sign a document or agreement calming down the ongoing conflict." That was the rational path to peace… The path to chaos is predicted by some woman called Maria, claiming that end of 2019 the global economy will crash, which will reintroduce hunger, poverty and rising taxes on the people causing epidemics blamed on immigrants and refugees causing physicians to abandon and flee the country. Many countries will fight over stabilizing europe, which is when russia and the USA will clash with their military in a final show down in 2022. Trump the appointed of god to clean the earth from human trash will give the bored and spoiled rotten people a fun survival game where the whole middle class is involutarily participating in a battle over property which is raided and stolen by the poor to satisfy urges for cigarets, alcohol, and other drugs.

  23. seriously? this idiot US president?WTF wrong with Donald Trump?can't NASA tie him with any rocket and send him out from solar system?

  24. It’s time for the written constitution of the United States of America to rake the dotard-in-chief out of the White House and into an—uh—institution of a different kind.

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    The government of the united states of America uses Continental Dollars. money that is backed by silver! one Continental Dollars is worth the price of one troy oz of silver! its time to walk away from corporate America. hit the link and get two troy oz's of silver for free:) stop giving your entire life to pay someone else debt. One more time, stop giving your entire life to pay someone else debt! 2 continental dollars = 38.00 USD every day just for logging in to your account.

  26. Let the bodies rake the floor.
    Let the bodies rake the floor.
    Let the bodies rake the floor.
    Let the bodies rake the FLOOOOOR!!!!!

  27. Let us not forget Trump also continually referred to the town of Paradise as the town of "Pleasure." Jerry Brown reminded him several times that the town was not called "Pleasure" but was in fact called "Paradise."

  28. So what…the secret service didn't know how crazy trump was before he took office…of course they did know…they are not ignorant…that's why Obama didn't stop mocking him at the dinner

  29. Trump talks like he has never been in a forest. The only place he has been outside is a golf course. He also comes across as one who has never really done a days worth of physical labor. Maybe the only labor he has ever done is getting out of his Cadillac to pick up the rents from the tenement buildings his daddy owned.

  30. Ya know if other countries made fun of any other american pres I'd b upset but the dumbness that the orange 1 says evrytime he opens his mouth & lies its hilarious

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