Tuesday 27 June 2017

Trump's speech to Congress was more Ronald than Donald - but his positive messaging won't last

President Donald Trump, right, meets with leaders of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Monday. Photo: AP
President Donald Trump, right, meets with leaders of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Monday. Photo: AP

Carole Coleman

Donald Trump hit the reset button on his presidency this week. It wasn't complicated.

The do-over involved an even-tempered speech to Congress, a clever Oval Office photograph, and a promised careful rephrasing of his executive order on immigration.

The Republican president didn't abandon his agenda or cast aside campaign promises. But, for the first time, Mr Trump communicated his goals in a relatively sober and reasonable manner.

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