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Gloom and doom give way to new optimism

US President Donald Trump seems to have changed his tune

Published Wed, Mar 1, 2017 · 09:50 PM

Washington

IN HIS address to supporters during his presidential campaign, Republican candidate Donald Trump provided a vision of America as dark as the dystopian movie Mad Max: Urban centres rife with violent crime where deadly shootings are a daily occurrence. Hordes of radical Islamic terrorists infiltrating the country to inflict death and destruction. Millions of illegal immigrants turning cities into battlegrounds for gang warfare.

His gloomy rhetoric also portrayed an America that was experiencing economic decline, with China and other rivals devastating its manufacturing sector and destroying its middle class, threatening to turn the United States into a poor third world country.

Add to that was a failed educational system, bankrupted healthcare programme, and crumbling roads, railroads and airports - it became clear that the US was on the road to ruin. Unless voters elected the real estate magnate from New York as their next president, America, like the Roman Empire, was doomed t…

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