Trust But Verify

References to the phrase: Trust but Verify and Verify Your Trust.

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Trust, but verify was a signature phrase adopted and made famous by U.S. president Ronald Reagan. Reagan frequently used it when discussing U.S. relations with the Soviet Union. Reagan rightly presented it as a translation of the Russian proverb “doveryai, no proveryai” (Russian: ???????, ?? ????????). Soviet revolutionary Vladmir Lenin also frequently used the phrase.

After Reagan used the phrase at the signing of the INF Treaty, his counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev responded: “You repeat that at every meeting,” to which Reagan answered “I like it.”

Other uses of the “Trust but verify.” phrase:

The similar phrase “Trust and Verify” was also the motto of the On-Site Inspection Agency.

“Trust, but Verify”, is also the name of a 2005 book by David Lindgren Trust but Verify: Imagery Analysis in the Cold War, about his experiences with satellite imagery during the Cold War, and the basics about them.

This phrase was also frequently used by military capital defense attorney Major David Edward Coombs when dealing with government counsel.

During argument before the Supreme Court of the United States over the case Doe v. Reed, the Attorney General of Washington, a Republican, used the phrase in reference to the people verifying public records of petition signers. Justice Antonin Scalia, who was appointed by Ronald Reagan, retorted “Trust, but verify. I like that!”

This phrase was loosely used by both President Barack Obama and by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Sarah Palin, in response to her daughter Bristol Palin‘s second failed marriage proposal with Levi Johnston released a statement to People magazine stating, “I wish for Bristol to be able to move forward in life with her same forgiving, gracious, optimistic spirit, but from henceforth she’ll know to trust but verify.”

“Trust but verify” In music and entertainment

This phrase is also frequently used by TV actor David Caruso‘s character Horatio Caine in CBS‘s television series CSI: Miami.

This phrase is also used in Season 3 Episode 10 by actor Dennis Haysbert‘s character Jonas Blane on The Unit.

This phrase is also used frequently in “The Very Best of Neil Diamond,” a song released in 2009 by Welsh indie psych-rock group The Super Furry Animals.

This phrase is also the title of a song by To Speak of Wolves, the Greensboro, NC-based post-hardcore band.

This phrase has also been attributed to short story writer and journalist Damon Runyon.

Thus we activate the term honoring the sentiment of all that have used the phrase “Trust, but Verify.”

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