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Trump's vision risks running aground on deep differences

President Donald Trump's call for bipartisanship to further a bold vision for a vibrant, even more prosperous and powerful America, outlined in his second State of the Union speech, has plenty of room for common ground - but is unlikely to weather America's bitter polarisation.

Both parties could find common ground on issues like reducing prices of pharmaceutical drugs, reforming healthcare and investing in infrastructure. But Mr Trump also doubled down on his pitch for a wall on the southern border.

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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 'Trump's vision risks running aground on deep differences'. Print Edition | Subscribe