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04/03/2017

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We'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment -

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Barack Obama's spokesman says President Donald Trump's accusation

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that his predecessor ordered his phones to be

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Sinn Fein describe the Stormont Assembly elections as a watershed

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after coming within one seat of drawing level with

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The Unionist majority in the assembly has been ended. And the

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notion of a permanent or perpetual Unionist majority has been

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demolished. There are fears for the future

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of Vauxhall plants in Britain after a French car company

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which produces Peugeot vehicles reportedly reaches a deal to buy

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General Motors' European operations. And the other side of the American

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dream as Donald Trump sets out his vision for the next four

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years - we assess the Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the the papers will be With me are the broadcaster

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Charlie Wolf and the Chief Political Commentator for the Independent,

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John Rentoul. Tomorrow's front pages

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starting with... The Observer claims that the UK's

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privacy watchdog is launching an inquiry into how voter's data

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is being used during political On the Sunday Telegraph's

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front page, allegations from President Trump

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that Barack Obama orchestrated an illegal Watergate-style

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phone-tapping operation at Trump Tower a month

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before the US election. The Mail on Sunday alleges that

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Tony Blair attended a secret meeting at the White House to discuss

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working for Donald Trump. The Sunday Times claims

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the Chancellor will use this week's budget to build up a ?60 billion war

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chest to boost Britain's leads with its own poll,

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suggesting the majority of the UK is against government plans

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to cut corporation tax, in favour of the money

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going towards the NHS. The Sunday Express claims

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that near ?150 million from the health budget has been

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spent on overseas aid last year. Those are the front pages. We begin

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with our chat this evening, good evening, and why don't you kick us

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off, John. Donald Trump. This is where we left off two weeks ago. He

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has been tweeting again, in newsrooms around Britain the cry

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goes up, he has woken up! And this time he accuses Barack Obama of

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tapping his phones in Trump Tower. What did you make of this when he

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first heard the story or read the tweets? I did not understand it

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because I find American politics baffling at the moment. Quite

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quickly it emerged that this seems rather unlikely because Barack

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Obama's spokesperson said the former president did not order any such

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wiretapping. And obviously if Donald Trump's phones were tapped, it would

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have been ordered by the FBI, not the president. Charlie, you

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understand the intricacies of US politics. Tell us about this idea of

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the President not being in a position to order a wiretapping, is

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that valid? I am not sure if the president does or doesn't, normally,

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it comes from the FBI or CIA so it is more serious in the sense the

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initial impression is oh, no, no one is wiretapping this guy, you has

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gone barmy. It is possible he could legally be wiretapped and given

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permission. On what grounds? If they think someone in the office is tied

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into the Russians and this swing of the elections by the Russians or I

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have heard Donald Trump is into them for money for financing his hotels,

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all sorts of stories. There was also the line that some are saying that

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this is a setup, if not from President Obama then from the deep

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state, these are people holdovers from the Obama administration still

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working in the White House and they have been leaking stuff. So, some is

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crazy but... It sounds like a conspiracy theory. But there is an

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outside chance one should take this with some grain of truth. But

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Charlie, if the FBI had tapped Donald Trump's phones, surely the

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director of the FBI would have said something during the election

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campaigns because he came out and said what the FBI would doing any

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investigation of Hillary Clinton. I find it the FBI would do this and

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not tell people. But also they would have to tell... Even being legal,

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you are talking about, tapping the phones of the candidate to be the

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next president running against your own party, that is pretty major. And

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we are hearing more and more about Watergate. What about this idea

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because Mr Trump is against all of the leaks are taking place. Do you

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think we may see a return of the White House plumbers going back to

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Watergate? The plumbers, it was slightly different. They didn't have

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the permission of the court at the time. One thing about Donald Trump,

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he is not as unhinged as people make out! There has to be something going

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on to get his goat and this is his house. This is Trump Towers.

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Something must have happened, he heard it from someone in his

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administration or national security so it is true the place was bugged.

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We can almost state that one. What do you make of him broadcasting this

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via Twitter instead of, closed-door meetings about this. He is a genius

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at PR. The nose have it get publicity for his messages and he

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uses Twitter like no politician before. Shall we turn to the Daily

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Mail? The mail on Sunday, Tony Blair's secret White House summit.

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What has Tony Blair been up to? Supposedly, Jarrod Kushner, the

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President's son-in-law, his main man for the Middle East and talking

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about, they may solve the Middle East like Donald Trump talked about!

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Tony Blair has had some experience in that area so he had a secret

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meeting with Jarrod Kushner in the White House and I think he realises

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Donald Trump is the only guy that can afford him! Tony Blair obviously

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being an optimist believes he can solve the Middle East and that is

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what he was trying to do when he was the Quartet Representative. There

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was an extraordinary story just after Donald Trump is election when

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Tony Blair happened to be at the same restaurant as Jarrod Kushner

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and if anchor and just one pass the table. And they happen to be in the

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same airport and had the Jets parked next to each other. It seemed a grid

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lives and from that arose some meetings and we will see whether

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this leads to any formal role for Tony Blair. If Nigel Farage can do

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it why not? Tony Blair, his heart is in the right place, years experience

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and Donald Trump appreciates people with experience. Does he still have

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the credibility after everything that has happened to? With whom? He

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does with the Israeli side, it may be possible the Palestinians have

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had enough of him but he does understand the issues. And also he

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would have good relations with the Saudis, Jordanians etc. And from

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what he said with his news conference with Benjamin yet know

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who was a new plan and from what I gather they will leave the

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Palestinians at -- Benjamin Netanyahu. The Egyptians, Jordanians

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are now almost allies of the Israelis and let's work it out and

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then they would tell the Palestinians this is how the land

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lies and what they will do. Turning to the Sunday Times. All though they

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have a picture of Donald Trump, to explain that picture, confirmation

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that he does use a sticky tape to secure his ties! There are other

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brands of time. You know, considering his daughter and his

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wife are models, in the modelling world, they use masking tape. I

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wouldn't know! His wife did that for him. Leaving the tape behind, the

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Chancellor's ?60 billion Brexit fighting fund. The budget is coming

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up next week on Wednesday and there is an awful lot in the papers about

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prebudget speculation. Philip Hammond's prebudget massaging

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expectations, it will not have a big giveaway, the phrase is... They

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quote him as saying, I cannot find it, something about not having some

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huge giveaway in the budget. So, I take from that that there may be a

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small giveaway. Bigger than expected so everyone feels good. He wants to

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boost Britain's resilience. Some of the things mentioned here are these

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tea levels, what did you make of that, technical the macro technical

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education for 16 to 19-year-olds. This is part of the British

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government's attempt since 1945 to try to get equality for vocational

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and academic qualifications. It will not work. It is ever half ?1 billion

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allocated to it but it will make no difference. I imagine people

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screaming saying 60 billion, where will you find that money from? The

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government is still borrowing vast amounts of money. The point is he

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will be ?12 billion a year better off than he thought and he says I

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will not splurge that money, I will bank it and pay off the deficit and

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be prudent and he has a dig at George Osborne saying every time

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George Osborne got extra money from the forecasts he spent it. He is

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trying to dampen expectations. This leads us into the Independent. If he

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was going to spend it, the people would say save the NHS. This is one

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of these not fake news, manufactured news. Charles! On what grounds? I

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hear John write them. The grammar is in great at times. Opinions are like

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bellybuttons. The majority of British people want Theresa made to

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stop cuts in corporation tax and spend the money on the NHS. If it

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was as simple as paying off the money, it would have been done in

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John Major's day. It is like the stories during the war, the Iraqi

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war, the money would be better spent. I used that on my son, you

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wanted a big collared a this year, Butlins or wherever and we could do

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that, but we would not have any meals for the next six months.

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Budgeting enough fashion does work. John, what do you make of it, very

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topical. The big question for the budget is apart from the

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Chancellor's prebudget spin in the Sunday Times, what is he going to do

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about the NHS because the NHS is in crisis. It has not had as much money

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as it needs for some years, not since the Labour government. And it

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does need about 7.5 billion. The Chancellor would have to announce

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something and something for social care because old people cannot be

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discharged. It is all about social care. There is no such thing as

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Corporation Tax, corporations, it is added on and they figure that into

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their bottom line is ultimately it is paid directly by the consumer.

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Get rid of it and the costs will go up. We will carry on this

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conversation in an hour. Thank you Charlie Wolf

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and John Rentoul - you'll both be back at 11:30pm

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for another look at the stories

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