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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be


With me are the business academic Melanie Eusebe


and the Daily Mirror's Head of Politics, Jason Beattie.


Let's take a look at those front pages. Most of the focus so far has


been on Theresa May's speech this evening to Republicans in


Philadelphia. That is ahead of her meeting with Donald Trump at the


White House tomorrow afternoon. The Telegraph highlights her pledge


never to repeat what she called the failed policies of Tony Blair and


George W Bush. He was the last Republican president. The Metro


describes the two leaders as the odd couple. The Express says the Brexit


boom and the surge in share prices has given pensions of huge boost


with annual pay-outs at their highest for nearly a decade. The


Guardian has more on their big meeting tomorrow, with a photograph


of Theresa May, highlighting her assertion that she can forge a


strong personal relationship with the new president because opposites


attract. The tie focuses on President Trump's policy towards his


neighbours. The Daily Mirror gives its front page over to the news


about Rory McGrath, who today admitted stalking a former lover.


I think we will probably be guided by the front pages tomorrow morning.


Let's begin with the Metro. Melanie Eusebe, the odd couple, you are from


another of those neighbours of the United States, Canada - do you think


they're and odd couple, or is there some kind of ideological corner


which has emerged? They certainly are an odd couple. Theresa May


again, she mentioned the fact that she is the daughter of a vicar.


Schumacher emphasised that in her speech. However, on the other hand


she also said that we do share the same values as countries as well as


leaders. In terms of the belief in liberty and hard work and those


typical conservative values. Yes, acknowledging the difference but


saying that we can form a new partnership together. Looking at the


next front page, the message coming across, with the Guardian again


saying, opposites attract. Issue making the best of a bad lot, Jason


Beattie, or do you think her team thinks there is a journey or


something that they can work with? Let's go back one step first. Should


she have gone at all? The fact she's the first world leader, it is seen


by some as a great coup. And the Brexiteers are loving it, thinking,


not only is she the first to meet the new president, but she could be


the first to get a new trade deal. And others are saying, is it looking


a little bit needy? Is she fawning, is this an act of desperation? I


think her speech was actually quite canny. It was a difficult hand to


play. Because obviously much about Trump, maybe she could have been a


bit stronger on some of this. Theresa May we know is quite prim,


as we said, the daughter of a vicar, and he's a very brash reality star


billionaire who has made some pretty unpleasant it's about winning. And


she has taken the issue of sexual exportation very seriously when she


was at the Home Office. For in terms of the big geopolitical stuff, I


thought she was quite careful. Sum nudges to trump, saying, look, Nato


IS important. Don't be fooled by Vladimir Putin on the importance of


the United Nations. The bit I find difficult is the message about


shared values. Because I'm not sure Donald Trump HAS any values. And


this way we kind of play up the special relationship. If you listen


to various American presidents over the last 30 years, as I have done,


they talk about the special relationship, and the enduring


relationship, and the lasting relationship, or the historic


relationship. We have taken the special relationship as ours. I


think we over-hype it. That is what really worries me. Very interesting


parallel, the number of the papers, and it is in her speech itself,


Margaret Thatcher really have the back of her mind, she wants that


kind of relationship. This is how the Huffington Post has it - is that


how she will be seen, do you think, in North America, because she's a


woman and leading Britain? I think that inadvertently, she was always


going to be compared to Margaret Thatcher. The circumstances in which


they came to office were also similar. However, I agree with you,


I think the speech was very, very smart. It demonstrated strength in


the areas where I think we needed to see strength, however it was also


almost an olive branch in regards to acknowledging some of those shared


values. I think Donald Trump has spoken of values like patriotism and


nationalism and national pride. Nationalism, in the speech, not as


an excuse, strikingly, to disengage from the world. You have still got


to be a leader in the world, you can't just back off, it was a


striking challenge to America? I think it was a conflicted message.


The one line saying, we are not going to repeat the mistakes of Bush


and Blair and intervene in countries. And in the, but nor are


we going to stand back if there is a threat. And then she says, we must


go on and tackle Daesh in the Middle East. You're thinking, hang on, none


of these go together as one argument! I don't think she fully


resolved that. But I think she did a good job in of resolving it. She


indicated, we are not going to make these countries in our own image. I


come back to this, what image is this any more?! Is this the Trump


image or is this a British image? We do not know what the Trump image is,


is it the snarling, repugnant, nationalistic in the worst sense


president? Theresa May was still trying to cling onto this kind of


traditional partnership. I'm not sure that's entirely possible. What


do you think then, on that point, about the suggestion of what kind of


relationship we might have with Donald Trump, it is almost kind of


crude, it is a business relationship when he said, business deals, trade


deals, 30 days termination contract clause. Will any country really by


up to that just to get a deal with the United States? I think that


Donald Trump will have a sad, rude awakening in regards to negotiation,


international negotiation. I don't think that's possible, quite


friendly. However, I think it's more bravado. It really is. I am not by


any means a person who has voted for Donald Trump. However, I think


there's a lot about drawing a line in the sand and working towards it,


rather than it being, let's just trade and have a good time! There


aren't many jokes out of the stories which are around, but this cartoon


is always one which makes you stop and think, by Matt. We were looking


for some light relief! And we've now got these MPs walking from the House


of Commons chamber, going, I'm just saying, triggering Article 50 would


be a lot easier if we could torture the Romanians. Obviously, the


reference to the problems back home about Article 50, and Donald Trump's


comments about torture, coats, absolutely works. Theresa May on the


plane out today, said, yes, I will raise torture with him. And if he


says, look, if our intelligence sharing with America is based on


them using torture, then that relationship collapses. Now, the


fundamental relationship we have with America before Donald Trump, we


had unprecedented security and defence relationship. And then we


had opposition as America chose leading voice within the European


Union. Should be of those pillars are in danger of collapsing. And


what about the fundamentals of our special relationship? Yet again, it


illustrates how beautifully political her speech was. The towing


the line in regards to Brexit, and she has been towing the line quite


well, and she did so with this one. However, the reality is, the two


positions are untenable. If Donald Trump is saying, water boarding is


permissible, let's fight fire with fire... You would have to change the


law in America before you could even contemplate it. Exactly. Quite


frankly, it would take years for us to untangle that. It is untenable.


It reminds me of our exit struggle right now. Mexican stand-off. Neat


headline from the i on a less than neat relationship. Let's end on the


New York Times, Jason. This interesting piece on the front page


- freshening policy from random Twitter posts. Is this going to be


the shape of things to come for the next four years? Members of his


staff in the White House are saying, these can carry on tweeting. They


say this is his way of getting the message across, because he does not


trust the mainstream media. People like myself, obviously, we just


report alternative facts. The cleverness of Trump is the way he


uses Twitter as a distraction. So, bad news comes along, and you find


him tweeting what looks random but probably is purpose about a TV show,


or the ratings of the Apprentice. And so we all look at that, and we


are not looking over there. It is quite frightening. Melanie Eusebe


and Jason Beattie, we are out of time, unfortunately. That's The


Papers tonight. You can see the front pages online on the BBC News


website. If you missed any of this evening's programme, you can watch


it later on the iPlayer. My thanks to Melanie Eusebe and Jason Beattie.


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