Saturday 18 November 2017

Talk is cheap for Trump, so let's see him deliver on rich promises

US President Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address after being sworn in in Washington DC on Friday. Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP
US President Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address after being sworn in in Washington DC on Friday. Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP

Dan Balz

A collision awaits President Donald Trump. Exactly when it will take place isn't clear, but it is almost certain to occur. The extravagance of the president's rhetoric is soon to meet the reality of governing.

The president's inaugural address was perhaps the baldest example of the rhetorical bravado that marked his time as a New York developer, a reality TV star and, yes, as a candidate. Restraint is not in his vocabulary.

Mr Trump's inaugural address has drawn considerable criticism for its overall tone, for the dark portrait he drew of the state of the country, for its inward and insular vision, and for the general absence of typical inaugural themes of unity and American exceptionalism.

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