Ronald Reagan would often use the Russian proverb doveryai, no proveryai (trust, but verify) while dealing with the Soviet Union. So much so that his Soviet counterpart, Mikhail Gorbachev, once remarked: “You repeat that at every meeting.” The American president replied: “I like it.”
In November 2015, Donald Trump sat down for an interview with Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of the Breitbart News Network, a far-right news and opinion site. In the course of the conversation, Bannon made the startling assertion that Silicon Valley has far too many Asian CEOs. An ominous portent of things to come? It certainly seems so today.