Mika Brzezinski on Trump raking comments: ‘Adds to the list’ of why allies ‘look at America differently today’

MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski on Monday criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE's comments about "raking" forests to curtail wildfires, arguing it would add "to the list" of why historic U.S. allies "look at America differently" under Trump.


"I’m not sure what [Trump] was trying to get at," said Brzezinski, a co-host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," where panelists rip into Trump on a daily basis.

"But this just adds to the list of reasons why our allies and other countries around the world just look at America differently today." 

Trump over the weekend said Finland does not experience harsh wildfires because its government spends "a lot of time on raking and cleaning" their forest floors. 

Finland's president said he briefed Trump on monitoring the forest fires but did not mention raking.

The president has downplayed the extent to which climate change played a role in the fires, which are the deadliest and most destructive in California's history, with 77 dead and almost 1,000 people missing. 

"We will look back and see that one of the great tragedies of this political moment of division is the extent to which climate change has become a victim of that partisanship," BBC journalist Katty Kay told Brzezinski on "Morning Joe." 

"The president is in an incredibly powerful position to lead the world right now on what is probably the most pressing issue of our time," Kay added. "And in the face of incontrovertible scientific evidence that climate change is contributing … the president still says, 'Well, not really, no, tiny bit,' hasn’t changed his view on climate change, he doesn’t really think that’s the issue here, let’s get back to raking leaves." 

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has attributed the deadly wildfires in part to climate change, calling them part of California's "new abnormal." He said evidence indicates natural disasters will only intensify and worsen over the next 20 years.

Trump and members of his administration have cast doubt on the extent to which human beings have caused climate change, though studies consistently show that around 97 percent of scientists agree climate-warming trends are likely linked to human activity, according to NASA data.