Monday 26 June 2017

Trump might have sounded more like a president, but trite speech was full of empty promises

U.S. President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks in front of Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
U.S. President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks in front of Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Jennifer Rubin

On the positive side, US President Donald Trump's speech to Congress began with a long overdue condemnation of the anti-Semitic attacks across the States and the shooting of two Indian men in Kansas. He did not repeat his claim from a press briefing earlier in the day that desecration at Jewish cemeteries may have been the work of people who wanted to make him look bad.

The speech was not as gloomy or sinister as his inaugural address. There was no message about "carnage". And he did not rail at the press. So he did not feed the narrative that he is unstable or plagued by paranoid delusions.

He framed the speech as a look ahead to the 250th anniversary of the country's founding.

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