State of the Union: Trump calls for unity but divides media

President Donald Trump’s call for unity was a dominant element in his first State of the Union address, but it nonetheless sparked a predictably divided response in the US media.

The New York Times said the speech was “characteristically brazen” but lapsed into “dishonest” rhetoric about immigration and terrorism.

But the newspaper said the state of the union was strong because of how Americans were reacting to Mr Trump’s presidency and he deserved “backhanded gratitude” for that.

“Have a president’s words ever rung more hollow?” asks the Washington Post, describing the address as “divisive and misleading”. It said the speech offered little reason to hope Trump’s second year “would be more constructive than his first”.Read More…

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