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Trump's address to congress portends looming budget battles

Congress likely to demand spending restraint for president's agenda

| North America

President Donald Trump's first address to Congress on Tuesday night elevated the tone of his controversial presidency. But it also put both parties in Congress in an awkward position.

Democrats are temperamentally inclined to oppose his every move -- even though his plans to invest massively in American infrastructure reflect the kind of "nation-building at home" they like. Republicans support his call for increased defense spending in a dangerous world -- but are predisposed to worry about domestic spending that grows the national debt. These factors mean that Trump's budget and the governing vision that underlies it may not survive impact with reality on Capitol Hill, affecting not only domestic but also foreign policy.

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