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

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