“My fellow Americans, this is a season of great hope,” is how Donald Trump begins this week’s White House address.
Easter, he continues, is a time when “we are grateful for the tremendous blessings of this land, our home”.
After campaigning on a message of fear and delivering an inaugural address remembered for its depiction of “American carnage” – all rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones – the US president sounds like a man reborn, using the holiday weekend to deliver his most optimistic vision yet.
He celebrates the country’s tradition of religious freedom and offers hope to those living in hardship.
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