Ronald Reagan effectively took out the Soviets by engaging them in an arms race which they could not economically compete in. Is Trump employing a similar strategy on China? - engaging them in a trade war in order to maintain the the US as the world economic power. Reagan’s plan was intentional, strategic and decisive. Trump seems to shoot from the hip, flip and then flop. But will it work? His trade/currency war is causing an economic slow down across the globe. How long can he maintain the pressure, and can he stave off the recession long enough to get re-elected? For the record- I don’t believe Trump is anything like the great RR.