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Trump to Test His Base With Bipartisan Call in State of the Union

  • State of the Union speech scheduled for Tuesday in Washington
  • President to make address with lowest modern approval rating
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What to watch for in Trump’s first State of the Union addressSource: Bloomberg
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Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday will be one of the president’s last, best chances to win over more of the American public to his nationalist agenda ahead of midterm elections that will be a referendum on his tumultuous administration.

White House officials say the president will dial back his signature combative posture and instead frame his policy proposals -- from immigration to infrastructure -- as areas where Democrats and Republicans can work together. Trump will still take ample time to argue that the U.S. economy has been revitalized by policies that have had little to no bipartisan appeal, including the tax overhaul and efforts to curb regulations.