An earlier answer pointed to the fact that Trump, seemingly, thinks America was great under Theodore Roosevelt.

Did Trump ever state his opinion of Theodore Roosevelt? Both as a personality, as well as Roosevet's complicated and nuanced views?

(Ironically, I just finished listening to a a neat "History on Fire" podcast about T.R., which highlighted just how nuanced his views were, on pretty much every conceivable topic)

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    Are you seriously asking if Trump stated something pertaining to nuance? :)
    – user1530
    Nov 3, 2016 at 15:46
  • Ah, my mistake, this seemed like a request for fact-checking.
    – Batman
    Nov 3, 2016 at 16:49
  • @AlexanderO'Mara - nope, just something that nudged me into asking. Although, if it was, it still is ontopic on P.SE, it simply happens to be ontopic in both places
    – user4012
    Nov 3, 2016 at 16:51
  • Trump did, at least the question that asked for the time period when Trump thought America was great (sorry don't know how to link) he invoked Teddy
    – user9790
    Nov 3, 2016 at 17:57

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It's impossible to prove a negative, but it does not appear that, as of this writing, Donald Trump has ever said anything publicly about Theodore Roosevelt.

There are dozens of articles comparing Donald Trump and Theodore Roosevelt, and not one of them has mentioned Trump's general opinion of the 26th President. As the question you pointed to suggested, he seems to have indicated that that was a period when America was great, but has not elaborated further on the president himself. I figured if he had said anything, that would be a quote in several of these articles, but its absence suggests he has never publicly said anything.

  • There are also dozens of articles in Lexux-Nexus from prior to 2015 that mention both names. I skimmed through a lot of them but couldn't find any relevant remarks from Trump.
    – Brian Z
    May 12, 2017 at 15:52
  • Agreed, but a recent discovery at the white house paints them as quite close. advocate.com/politics/2018/10/15/… Nov 4, 2018 at 3:46

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