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Zinke: Trump Has ‘A Lot Of Roosevelt In Him’

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Henry Rodgers Capitol Hill Reporter

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said President Donald Trump is very similar to former President Theodore Roosevelt Jr. in an interview Monday.

“The president has got a lot of Roosevelt in him, in that he’s a man of action. And he wants to get things done, just like Roosevelt,” Zinke told the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets”.

Zinke shared his admiration for Roosevelt throughout the interview, saying he has admired the 26th president of the United States since he was a Boy Scout, saying no one loved public land more than Roosevelt.

“Roosevelt, who’ve I’ve admired since I was a Boy Scout, had it right. He carved the path of putting under federal protection millions of acres and and beginning our experience of our public lands, unique to the U.S.,” he told the Examiner.

Since Zinke has assumed his position as interior secretary, he has been working to give more access to federal lands. Zinke proposed the opening and expanding of hunting and fishing access on 10 national wildlife refuges in August. (RELATED: Trump’s Interior Secretary Opens More Federal Lands To Hunting And Fishing)

“As the steward of our public lands, one of my top priorities is to open up access wherever possible for hunting and fishing so that more families have the opportunity to pass down the heritage,” Zinke said. “The last thing I want to see is hunting and fishing become elite sports. These ten refuges will provide incredible opportunities for sportsmen and anglers across the country to access the land and connect with the wildlife.”

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