Trump’s next trial

Trump’s next trial

Donald Trump will deliver an ambitious address on the ‘renewal of the American spirit’ to a joint session of Congress

Photo: AP/Alex Brandon

Photo: AP/Alex Brandon

Donald Trump will deliver an ambitious address on the ‘renewal of the American spirit’ to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.

Trump will attempt to rebrand the controversial start to his presidency by focusing on early achievements, such as his executive order on regulatory reform that intends to limit red tape. Whether he successfully appeals to the divided American public, wary Republicans, or agitated Democrats – who have invited immigrants to the address in protest of Mr Trump’s controversial policies – is questionable.

Importantly, Trump’s address will also outline how his administration intends to cooperate with Congress on legislative priorities moving forward. One of Trump’s signature policies is tax reform – to simplify tax, reduce the burden on the middle class and increase America’s global competitiveness. But these measures will require Congressional support.

Trump’s recent concessions on preventing cuts to key social welfare programs like Social Security and Medicare may generate some support, but he’ll struggle to convince Congress of his more controversial policies.