US President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers his first state-of-the-union address to a joint session of Congress on January 30, as Vice-President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan applaud. Photo: AP

Was Trump’s state-of-the-union speech his 2020 campaign audition?

Chi Wang says US President Donald Trump’s state-of-the-union speech was a masterfully crafted attempt to unify the nation, by couching controversies in patriotism and casting his personal vision of America as the national dream.

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US President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers his first state-of-the-union address to a joint session of Congress on January 30, as Vice-President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan applaud. Photo: AP
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Chi Wang

Chi Wang

Chi Wang, a former head of the Chinese section of the US Library of Congress, is president of the US-China Policy Foundation.