By  on January 25, 2007

WASHINGTON — President Bush’s emphasis on a domestic policy agenda comprising three pillars — health care, immigration and energy reforms — in his State of the Union address Tues­day night disappointed importers seeking more ambitious proposals on trade and raised red flags for U.S. textile manufacturers looking to put a brake on market-opening deals that have contributed to their demise.

Facing one of the lowest approval ratings of any sitting president and sharp divisions over the worsening war in Iraq, Bush made one reference to the strength of the economy and used the word “trade” only once in his 49-minute speech.

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