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Trump's new line on trade

US president may yet return to multilateral table if others carry on without him

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U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington on Jan. 30.   © Reuters

A neo-conservative has been described as a liberal who has been mugged by reality. But in the case of Donald Trump, could the opposite be true: a nationalist mugged by global economic realities?

Many looked to Trump's State of the Union speech this week for signs that he might expand on his recent surprise hints indicating a possible softening of his tough trade views.

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