Trump wants to “study” academic fashion in an interview with The Washington Post that was released Sunday.
“It’s not my style,” Trump told the newspaper.
“But I would like to study it.”
The president-elect was asked about the style of academia, which has a long history of challenging the authority of established figures and is at the forefront of political and social movements.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In an interview published in April, Trump argued that “nobody is perfect,” but that he has found “great people” to work with in academia.
He has also repeatedly cited the work of academics to bolster his argument that there is a “culture of conformity” in the academic establishment.
Trump also recently suggested that the current academic climate was “a big problem” in his administration.
But a spokesperson for Trump’s transition team said the president-election hopeful has been clear that he wants to help improve academic freedom.
“He believes that academics should be free to publish their research and teach it, and he also believes that there are some of the problems that exist at the time in academia, but also think that we can solve them,” Caitlin Hayden, a spokesperson, told The Washington Times.