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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be
With me are the Guardian's Chief leader writer Randeep
Ramesh and Lucy Fisher, Chief Political Correspondent
Good to have you both. Let's look at the front pages.
Fortress America is the Metro's headline -
after President Trump signed an executive order to build a wall
The i previews Theresa May's upcoming visit to the United States,
with the paper describing it as "tricky".
The Guardian says the Prime Minister will seek a "special deal"
with the new president during what the paper calls
The FT says Donald Trump's moves on infrastructure and deregulation
have reignited investor confidence in the US economy.
The Times has an RAF Typhoon escorting a Russian aircraft carrier
through the English Channel on its way back from deployment in Syria.
According to the Telegraph, Southern Rail could be temporarily
renationalised under government plans to deal with delays
And finally, the Express says mushrooms could be a vital tool
We will not be looking at that front page. We shall go to the Metro.
Fortress America, Trump signs the order for the Mexico wall set to ban
migrants from seven nations. Holding true to his promise? Absolutely,
quite a surprise for many commentators who thought he would be
more moderate. Within a matter of days, he has signed a number of
executive orders and as well as building the small, it is unclear
how this will be paid for. He said that torture works, he has lifted
the ban on CIA blackspot presents... Well... I discussion paper suggests
that he was going to ask the security services to look into
whether it might be worth that. The White House has made clear it is not
a White House document. But he said torture works. There is a signal of
intent, paving the way. They are putting this up there as a kite?
That is what people think. And there is this outlandish investigation
into voter fraud, which seems slightly bizarre given that he has
one. There are lot of peeves coming from Mr Trump since the top job. And
he won the election, he got the requisite college votes, electoral
College votes, why is he worrying about voter fraud? Fortress America,
building this wall, building this wall, this man has not pivoted to
the kind of President that many people thought he might have done
now that he is in the Oval Office? Yes, he campaigned in mendacity and
will govern in moderation. Sticking true to what he is, he has a divider
not a unifier, his base wants to hold on to those pledges about
closing immigration, shutting down trade with the rest of the world and
fighting radical Islam, as he describes it. In many ways these are
the kind of darker sides of Donald Trump's Presidency which she is
unleashing. It is what people voted for? It is what they wanted? The
majority of Americans did not vote for him, the electoral college gave
him that. It is a system that he won as no one says he is an illegitimate
President. Actually, many people are! You're not. His paranoia is
more troubling, a person who gets upset about a discussion about his
inauguration crowds and then instructs his press spokesperson
tonight to members of the press on the first day of his Presidency is a
person who is probably too thin-skinned for high office. He
might grow a thicker skin but he would help all of us by hurrying up.
He is 70! If you haven't learned by then. Lucy, having heard all of
that, Theresa May on a mission to seek a special deal with the
President. Given his character, he is in real estate, some people think
he still is in real estate! He hasn't given any up. Zero some, I
win and you lose. How can you have a trade deal with someone being a
country who was like that? You lose and I win? How is Theresa May going
to get the kind of deal that will benefit the UK? It is very difficult
to see that working. He clearly said America first, this is about
American jobs and the order is like the pipelines indicator, only
American steel will be used. He is holding true to that cry. Economic
protectionism. Even today at PMQs, Theresa May said UK interest and
values first. It is interesting how they can dovetail. Very vague
language, with trade there can be prosperity, growth, more jobs on
both sides of the Atlantic. It is tricky, one thing we can say is
Donald Trump, because Imex making these deals, he wants to keep up his
reputation for results, there could be leverage, perhaps before the
midterms, wanting to sign something. It is about horse trading, a trade
deal, you get something and we get something and we are happy. You have
painted a portrait of his character. Is that the kind of character that
is going to be able to compromise here? And make the kind of deal that
is going to benefit everyone? Any transaction is a compromise to some
respect because you have done a deal and if you can see advantage in the
deal and then promote that advantage as a PR win, both sides can win. You
sell the deal. That is part of the deal. The trouble with Donald Trump
is everything seems to be a transaction. There doesn't seem...
You would hope with someone who seeks to attain the leadership of
the free world, they would have some moral baseline upon which they don't
fall below. With him, everything seems to be up for grabs. There is a
trapdoor! There is nothing beyond the boundaries, from lock them up,
send them home... It is a dangerous place to be in a democracy because
democracy is one on trust and autocracy is here and Donald Trump
often runs towards here. We have seen all of that on the campaign
trail and a little bit in the last few days, Lucy. What about the
sexism and racism and, as you pointed out, the possibility that
they might reopen these black sites around the world? Freedom of speech.
Attacks on the press. All the kind of stuff that the British or at
least certainly the government would think are a part of who we are as a
nation, freedom of speech and so on. This band is not believe in a lot of
that, potentially. How does Theresa May deal with all of that? It is
tricky, she has been very strident talking on The Andrew Marr Show, I
am not afraid to tell Donald Trump what is unacceptable. She does not
really hold the cards, America does. We are leaving the EU, we need a
trade deal more than the US. She is at risk of going in and even if
there is positive mood music from this charm offensive this week, what
is to say he won't treat next week, Theresa May- loser. As he has done
with virtually everyone else he has met over the years. He has turned on
them online. The omens are not good. The major foreign policy decisions,
Nato and the encroachment of Russia and Brexit, he is in favour of
Brexit, which is incredibly difficult to deliver on anybody's
terms and he thinks Nato is obsolete and he wants to embrace Russia. Not
good signs for a British Prime Minister. Whatever she talks
about... We have cut ourselves off from Europe and it is a bit like the
Secretary of State saying we have lost an empire and were searching
for our role in the world. When Theresa May goes back to Number 10
and somebody shouts 8- did you talk about his sexism comments? She will
have to say something? Isn't she? Like she took him to task and that?
It seems like Number 10 has been styling the lines on this. The fact
I am a female Prime Minister. I will be sitting there in the room with
him, but will show him that women can lead. I am not sure she is going
to tackle him head-on in the first meeting. Quite unlikely. The other
story is Southern Rail. The franchise at risk of being
renationalised? This will come as any surprise to anyone because it is
the worst performing operator on the old British Gas service. Only 46% of
trains running on time in the past month and this is fallout from this
strike. About how many guards and people should be working on a train,
a driverless train. The problem at this is the government loses both
ways, if they renationalised this the unions claim victory, if they
let it run, they get a beating in the heartland, where people are not
getting a decent service. I have to say, Chris Grayling, the minister,
has a history of not being a very effective minister, I will say that.
That has been one of his downfall in government. This might prove
another. It is Hobson 's choice. It doesn't put him into a winning
position, whichever he takes. Grammar schools on the front page of
the Telegraph. But grammar stream in every school to help bright pupils,
according to the head of UCAS? I am not sure how but grammar stream
would be different to the streaming that already happens in most schools
and I suppose the point that the outgoing Chief Executive is trying
to make but without saying so is that we don't want a social economic
ghetto with rich areas with grammar schools and middle-class people
moving in because the catchment area has become so expensive and poor
areas with worse girls, perhaps it was not the same level of
achievement. I can only assume this is what this means otherwise it is
just supercharged streaming. What is new in that? It is a cultural thing.
There is called, they would follow traditional academic curriculum is
and where behavioural norms could be taken for granted. There is a
sanctuary within the rough and tumble of comprehensive schools that
she seems to be advocating as though there is this place for Latin and
violent players! It is a cultural thing. Interesting. The Telegraph is
the only paper that seems to have that story. Interesting to see how
that develops. Who is that bruiser on the front of The Daily Telegraph?
Some sort of drunken sailor? He has had quite a bit to drink? No, Mary
Berry! Looking very combative after having won a national award! Good on
her! Named the best television judge at the national television awards.
That is so great, she is so elegant on television, on The Great British
Bake Off. And here it comes out! Raging against the machine! Good on
her! I think she has either find out that The Great British Bake Off is
going to Channel 4 or she has decided, you know what, I will not
get involved myself! Staying with the BBC! I think that is what it is!
It could be her next pay check! She has got a pay rise. Probably the
only one! Good to see both of you. Many thanks for that.
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