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Trump to hail 'new American moment'


A bullish US President Donald Trump will proclaim a "new American moment" as he delivers his maiden State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, APA reports quoting BBC.

 

In his primetime address to Congress, he will tell lawmakers: "There has never been a better time to start living the American dream."

 

The Republican leader will say he is "extending an open hand" to Democrats to set aside political division.

 

The American economy is booming but Mr Trump's approval rating is languishing.

 

In an upbeat message a world away from the apocalyptic tone he struck in his "American carnage" inaugural address of just a year ago, Mr Trump will say his administration is "building a safe, strong, and proud America".

 

He will also implore the nation to come together as "one team, one people, and one American family", according to excerpts released by the White House.

 

On foreign policy, Mr Trump will note that nearly all the territory in Syria and Iraq once controlled by the Islamic State group has been liberated.

 

But he will also say "there is much more work to be done" to defeat the militants.

 

Warning against complacency, Mr Trump will vow: "We will continue our fight until ISIS is defeated."

 

Massachusetts congressman Joseph Kennedy III, a great-nephew of President John K Kennedy, will deliver the Democrats' response to Mr Trump's speech.

 

He will attempt to seize Mr Trump's political mantle by purporting to speak for "Americans who feel forgotten and forsaken".

 

Bewailing a "fractured country" and depicting Mr Trump's presidency as "chaos", Mr Kennedy will say: "Many have spent the past year anxious, angry, afraid."

 

"Bullies may land a punch," he will say. "They might leave a mark. But they have never, not once, in the history of our United States, managed to match the strength and spirit of a people united in defence of their future."

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