Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Five Things the New President Told Us Yesterday; ARJ SINGH Dissects the First Speech by Donald Trump after His Inauguration as President of the United States Yesterday

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Five Things the New President Told Us Yesterday; ARJ SINGH Dissects the First Speech by Donald Trump after His Inauguration as President of the United States Yesterday

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1 HIS speech was nakedly political and a break with tradition. Mr Trump ditched the highminded rhetoric and eminent quotations used by 21st Century predecessors Barack Obama and George W Bush for a plain-speaking speech that echoed the language of his campaign rallies.

His speech was also comparatively negative compared to previous presidents.

Before closing his address with his signature slogan, promising to "make America great again", he railed against political elites who have been "all talk and no action", talked of "rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones" across the country and promised to end the "carnage".

In contrast to Mr Obama and Mr Bush, who were traditionally internationalist, Mr Trump said he would put "America first" and insisted the country would "buy American and hire American".

2 THERESA May's hope of a quick post-Brexit trade deal with the US could have receded.

The Prime Minister's wish for a rapid free trade agreement with Mr Trump may have diminished after the president promised to "protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs".

The president said "every decision on trade... will be made to benefit American workers and American families" and Labour MPs were quick to express doubts about Mr Trump's willingness to strike a deal with the UK.

But Mrs May insisted that "from our conversations" she knows Mr Trump is committed to advancing the "special relationship" between the UK and the US.

NATO could be at risk at a time of growing Russian aggression.

3 Mr Trump again raised concerns that he could undermine Nato at a time when Vladimir Putin's Russia has annexed Crimea in Ukraine and is building up troops on the borders of Europe's Baltic states.

The president complained that the US had "subsidised the armies of other countries" and "defended other nations' borders while refusing to defend our own". …

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