The speech of a president whose power is draining

Trump has backed himself into a corner on the wall from which there is no escape

United States President Donald Trump delivering the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington on Tuesday. With him are Vice-President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
United States President Donald Trump delivering the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington on Tuesday. With him are Vice-President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Once a year, Mr Donald Trump gives an uncharacteristically bipartisan speech to Congress. It is customarily sandwiched - often within hours - by venomous expressions of partisanship. Mr Trump's 2019 State of the Union was no exception.

Earlier in the day, the President described Mr Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, as a "nasty son of a b****", and Mr Joe Biden, the former vice-president, as "dumb".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 07, 2019, with the headline 'The speech of a president whose power is draining'. Print Edition | Subscribe