Trump will vow to ‘heal wounds’ in State of Union

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Trump will vow to ‘heal wounds’ in State of Union


Donald Trump: Will talk about bipartisan co-operation. Photo: AP
Donald Trump: Will talk about bipartisan co-operation. Photo: AP

Donald Trump will pledge today to bridge divisions and heal wounds in his State of the Union address as he plays up the need for bipartisanship to solve America’s problems.

Speaking in the House of Representatives, now controlled by his political opponents the Democrats, the US president is expected to call for congressmen to work across party lines. He will cite lower prescription drug prices and billions of dollars in spending on infrastructure as areas where Democrats and Republicans can agree.

He will also urge politicians to approve his renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement, an economic pact with Mexico and Canada.

But on immigration, the most contentious issue between the parties, the message couldn’t be less harmonious, with Mr Trump recently hinting he could declare a national emergency to build his Mexican border wall.

“Together we can break decades of political stalemate, we can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions, and unlock the extraordinary promise of America’s future,” Mr Trump will say, in an excerpt released by the White House.

The outline came in a briefing ahead of tonight’s address, which was delayed for a week because of the partial government shutdown.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump’s re-election campaign is trying to change party rules to prevent his Republican rivals from challenging him in 2020. The battle to secure the GOP nomination, described by aides as the “most aggressive ever launched”, involves a state-by-state effort to crush internal opposition ahead of the election.

While Mr Trump is almost certain to win Republican backing next year, his team is determined to avoid an embarrassing fight that could damage his chances against any Democratic candidate. (© Daily Telegraph London)

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Irish Independent

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