31 Jan '18, 9pm

Trump's appeal for unity unlikely to heal political divide

Trump's appeal for unity unlikely to heal political divide

Checking off a list of achievements and talking up the robust economy and low unemployment, US President Donald Trump appealed for unity and bipartisanship on key pending agenda items like immigration reform and infrastructure spending in his first State of the Union address. It was, in many respects, a quintessentially conservative speech, aimed at his blue-collar, white middle-class and business base as well as attempting to bridge divisions with broad appeals to patriotism and the American spirit. The rhetoric, however, is likely to dissipate quickly when it hits the rock of the country's visceral political divide, especially over emotive issues like immigration. As the President spoke of his plan to reduce immigration and appealed for support, some "boos" could be heard, and many Democrats looked expressionless or even annoyed. Mr Trump stayed largely on script, forgoi...

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