U.S. President Donald Trump reacts after delivering his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives iin Washington, U.S., February 28, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool
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Standing before lawmakers, Supreme Court justices and military leaders, the famously unrestrained Trump was softer, sober and practically subdued.Though the prime-time address to Congress and the nation wrapped Trump's signature nationalistic politics in presidential prose, it is unlikely to overcome the deep divisions created by his first few weeks in office.For a candidate who sold himself as a master dealmaker, Trump has shown little inclination to get deeply involved with the kind of nitty gritty negotiating that defines the legislative process.Trump, meanwhile, faces record low approval ratings – just 44 percent of Americans approve of his job performance, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey.He needed to use his prime-time address to show he could steady his flailing White House and focus on the difficult work required to pass his legislative agenda. For House GOP leaders, Trump came tantalizingly close to backing their plan to overhaul the tax code by imposing a new tax on imports while exempting exports.But on other issues, Trump offered barely a blueprint for his initiatives.
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