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CityLab Daily: The Urban Themes in Trump's State of the Union

Also today: How to emotionally survive climate change, and Texas mayors tell the governor they want more refugees

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers the 2020 State of the Union.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers the 2020 State of the Union.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Rabble-rouser in chief: Moments of made-for-TV stunts studded the broad theme of last night's State of the Union address, the “Great American Comeback.” To rousing applause from Republican lawmakers, Donald Trump boasted how low unemployment rates, a robust stock market, and his new trade deals have fueled a “blue collar boom” during his tenure. On the urban policy front, he denigrated sanctuary cities, spotlighting the brother of a man allegedly killed by an undocumented immigrant in California, and praised the Opportunity Zones program, his 2017 program to provide tax discounts for developers in economically distressed areas.

And while he never mentioned climate change, Trump did boast about joining the “One Trillion Trees” initiative, a privately funded global tree-planting effort intended to suck carbon out of the atmosphere. But green groups were not impressed. Ahead of the speech, nine leading organizations named him the “worst president for our environment in history."