Mr Trump has been compared to Theodore Roosevelt or TR (left). Unlike TR, he does not "speak softly". And while TR had helped negotiate a landmark treaty between Russia and Japan in 1905, thereby protecting America's interests, Mr Trump has antagonised the Russian President with his comment.
TO BOOST their electoral prospects, US presidential candidates are adopting famous past presidents as role models. Driven by political self-interests, they do not resemble their role models as they are making statements that are false, tasteless, tactless, or downright bizarre.