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


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


that his predecessor ordered his phones to be


Sinn Fein describe the Stormont Assembly elections as a watershed


after coming within one seat of drawing level with


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


notion of a permanent or perpetual Unionist majority has been


demolished. There are fears for the future


of Vauxhall plants in Britain after a French car company


which produces Peugeot vehicles reportedly reaches a deal to buy


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


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


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


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


Charlie Wolf and the Chief Political Commentator for the Independent,


John Rentoul. Tomorrow's front pages


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


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


is being used during political On the Sunday Telegraph's


front page, allegations from President Trump


that Barack Obama orchestrated an illegal Watergate-style


phone-tapping operation at Trump Tower a month


before the US election. The Mail on Sunday alleges that


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


working for Donald Trump. The Sunday Times claims


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


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


suggesting the majority of the UK is against government plans


to cut corporation tax, in favour of the money


going towards the NHS. The Sunday Express claims


that near ?150 million from the health budget has been


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


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


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


has been tweeting again, in newsrooms around Britain the cry


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


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


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


because I find American politics baffling at the moment. Quite


quickly it emerged that this seems rather unlikely because Barack


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


state, these are people holdovers from the Obama administration still


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


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


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


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


director of the FBI would have said something during the election


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


was an extraordinary story just after Donald Trump is election when


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


what he said with his news conference with Benjamin yet know


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


Palestinians at -- Benjamin Netanyahu. The Egyptians, Jordanians


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


then they would tell the Palestinians this is how the land


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


prebudget speculation. Philip Hammond's prebudget massaging


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


bellybuttons. The majority of British people want Theresa made to


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


something and something for social care because old people cannot be


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


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


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


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


conversation in an hour. Thank you Charlie Wolf


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


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