Donald J. Trump: That’s my problem with Gorbachev. Not a firm enough hand.
Interviewer: You mean firm hand as in China?
Trump: When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak.
– President Donald J. Trump, 1990, discussing his dream for America