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Hello and welcome to our look ahead

to what the the papers will be

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bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are Caroline Wheeler,

the deputy political editor

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at The Sunday Times,

and Jane Merrick,

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political commentator.

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Thank you for coming in. Nerve

agents again.

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Tomorrow's Metro leads

on the discovery that a nerve agent

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was used to try to murder a former

Russian spy and his

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daughter in Salisbury.

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The Financial Times says the EU has

'forcefully rebuffed' Theresa May's

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vision for a Brexit trade deal.

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The Daily Telegraph

also has the story of

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the poisoned Russian agent -

it says pressure is mounting

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on the UK to take tough steps

against the Kremlin.

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Tomorrow's Daily Express

reports on heartbreak

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for Coronation star Bill Roache,

whose daughter has died

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of a blood disorder.

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The Guardian also leads on the story

of the poisoned Russian spy,

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with a CCTV image of Sergei Skripal

at his local shop before

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he was apparently attacked

with a nerve agent.

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The Daily Mirror calls

the affair an outrage,

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and says UK fury is growing.

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The Sun highlights the police

officer who was one of the first

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on the scene at the poisoning,

calling him a hero cop.

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He is also now fighting

for his life.

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So let's make a start.

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Metro... The police have said it is

this deadly nerve agent, the kind of

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agent used in the Tokyo subway

attack back in 95. This suggests a

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country or a state was behind this.

Exactly and we have been waiting,

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this story broke on Sunday and has

been running ever since but we have

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not known exactly what it was that

has caused the grave injury to what

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we thought was two but now it is

three with a police officer and it

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has been confirmed they think it

might have been Sarin and this is a

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question of, how much damage has

this done and how quickly hasn't

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happened? Also, who has perpetrated

these crimes? There are not going to

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be that many people who have access

to this time of material. Probably

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only a handful of states that could

potentially have access to this sort

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of chemical weapons and of course,

everybody is going to be thinking,

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it has to be Russia, given what we

know about this particular agent was

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my background. Also, the fact that

Vladimir Putin was on record at the

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time saying those who had been

involved in this would eventually

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kicked the bucket. In terms of the

seriousness of the story, it is

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ramping up. Not only because we now

know what caused it but also because

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there is a British individual who

has been caught up in this.

Does the

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fax... It is appalling what has

happened to Sergei Skripal and his

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daughter but the fact that a British

officer has been injured in all of

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this, does not raise the stakes even

more?

I think it really does,

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already horrific but this has echoes

of Yvonne Fletcher, the police

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officer caught up in the Libyan

embassy. What is so horrifying, yes,

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this is so incongruous, I nerve

agent in the middle of Salisbury

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does not make sense and what we will

see, we saw Boris Johnson yesterday

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coming out quite robustly and

calling Russia and maligned state.

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There is going to be more pressure

for the government to do more than

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just too tough talk, particularly as

is a British police officer a coma.

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If it is conclusively prove that

perhaps Russia was involved and The

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Daily Telegraph says police man

poisoned by nerve agent, the use of

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this rare chemical poison rarely --

really does put pressure on Britain,

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if it is proved the Russians were

involved, to do something robust and

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move beyond words.

Exactly,

interesting to note that in fact

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Boris Johnson has not moved beyond

merely what he said yesterday, which

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is talking about, if this is proven,

this is going to be a robust

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response... The only other

information we have tonight is that

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Kensington Palace has said the Duke

of Cambridge had no plans to attend

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this year's World Cup in Russia.

Because this was one of the things

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that Boris said yesterday, but

potentially, if it was found to be

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that Russia had been involved in

this incident, then diplomats and

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dignitaries would not go to the

games and this has been confirmed.

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You are right, words are not going

to be enough. Already there has been

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some talk from Labour about what

sanctions would be imposed and that

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is indeed what happened after the

murder of Alexander Litvinenko, and

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this case resemblance similar

resemblances to.

Some argue that the

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sanctions locker is empty. There are

sanctions on Russia over Ukraine and

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Crimea, sanctions over Alexander

Litvinenko, one wonders if the

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British have to go after those

Russians who are here, funnelling

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money into this country? In Mayfair

and Knightsbridge or whatever. Is

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that the kind of response that is

perhaps needed?

It is potentially. I

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don't know if you saw the recent

series, Mafia, but the amount of

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money in London, Russian money, is a

real factor in this case. I also

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note in the Telegraph, they say that

the former agent, Christopher

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Steele, who compiled a dossier on

Trump, he had links to Sergei

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Skripal, so it is caught up in

everything. Vladimir Putin, after

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Alexander Litvinenko, some spies

were expelled but the ambassador was

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not and the links were not severed

and it is Hellfire we have pushed

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this, which was not enough. We can

now see potentially that if this is

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indeed Russia, what he can get away

with.

Nothing has been proved but if

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it was proved that the Kremlin was

involved, public pressure, given a

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British police ban has been caught

up in this, could get very powerful.

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It did take a very long time for

that link between Alexander

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Litvinenko, even though it is

similar, you think, who else could

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it be? Why would the North Koreans

be going after a Russian spy? But it

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took years for the enquiry to come

back and actually point a finger at

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somebody with close links.

I

interviewed Chris Bryant on the

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Commons Foreign Affairs Committee

and he said that the city because it

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took so long to start the enquiry in

the first place. Staying with The

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Daily Telegraph... The battle to

raise cash holding back female

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entrepreneurs.

In relation to

International Women's Day? That is

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tomorrow. I did a speech today at

Roehampton University, there was a

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conference and it was fantastic that

as a woman in my 40s, I can hear

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women in their 20s talking about

harassment and empowerment, very

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positive. And this story in the

Telegraph tomorrow is quite

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dispiriting, that there is this...

Female entrepreneurship should be a

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great thing that the government gets

behind but there is this funding gap

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preventing women from launching

their own businesses and actually

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not all women have children but I

know a lot of them have set up their

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own businesses because they have

children and they want to juggle

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working from home. It is incredibly

difficult to do that without money.

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Without backing. We are in 2018 and

beget stories like this, pretty

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pathetic?

It is and the other thing

we see, we talk about the glass

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ceiling being about women getting

the vote and representation, but

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there are also issues around the

gender pay gap, which is pervasive

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and in pretty much every walk of

life you will find that women doing

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the same job as a man earns

substantially less. It is

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disappointing but also it is very

good that in this day and age we can

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see attention raised for these

issues and The Daily Telegraph with

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the big strapline and dodging this.

International Women's Day is to be

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something that was quite

underground, just a few of us

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getting together to celebrate but

nothing that would be a national day

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of celibacy.

The Financial Times. --

national day of celebration. The

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Saudi prince has been visiting the

Queen.

Speaking to Theresa May. On a

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three-day visit, he is reforming the

Saudi Royal family and we keep

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getting told this and Jeremy Corbyn

raise the issue that he is visiting

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and Prime Minister's Questions today

and he put the two together with

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International Women's Day, asking

why Theresa May is hosting a member

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of the Saudi Royal family with such

a terrible record on an's writes and

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Theresa May said, think Jeremy

Corbyn is mansplaining Jimmy! The

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timing is quite odd. Britain needs

to talk to this reforming person, he

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plays a crucial role in the region.

Does it have to be on International

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Women's Day? When the Saudis has

such a terrible record.

This

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individual has started to make some

of the reforms that have not been

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made ever. Women are able to drive,

it is worth remembering that at the

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moment they cannot drive or go to

football matches and he has been a

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reforming voice for that. You are

right, it is bad timing and it is

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interesting that Jeremy Corbyn

picked this up when addressing the

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Conservative Party's second female

major. And Labour still don't have

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any.

The Guardian. Suspected

victims... Facing the tag?

The Prime

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Minister has promised action around

domestic abuse and this is the first

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sign of what we will see coming

forward and they are talking about

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domestic abuse suspects being banned

from contacting victims, drinking

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alcohol or taking drugs and facing

the prospect of being tied to

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monitor their movements. As we said

before coming on air, it seems

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almost unbelievable that this is not

something that would have been

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considered before. Given the fact

that, certainly, I can talk from

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personal experience, having spoken

to friends, the number of friends I

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know who maybe do not talk about it

but have experienced domestic

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violence. And yet it is still one of

those big taboo is and people don't

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seem to talk about this and not much

action seems to happen. The fact is,

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there are a phenomenal number of

women who do lose their lives at the

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hands of the partners and I say

women, it doesn't have to be

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exclusively, but it is predominantly

women.

Quickly, running out of

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time... So much fun! Onto The Times.

Fears of a global trade war as

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Donald Trump stands his ground,

determined to have higher tariffs on

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steel and aluminium imports?

Yes and

Trump is as protectionist President

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we have seen for years in the US and

he is turning his fire on Brussels,

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which must delight the Brexiteers

here but not great for Britain's

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chances of a good trade deal and

Donald Trump has just lost his chief

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economic adviser, Gary Cohn, a

proponent of free trade in the White

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House, and Trump seems to be able to

carry on surviving these things and

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can carry on ramping the pressure up

on this. Yesterday I saw he was

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claiming credit for the flaw in the

relations between North and South

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Korea! He said that as a joke!

Did

he? Yes, he said, nobody got that!

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Threatening 20 that % on imported

steel and Tim % on aluminium is very

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heavy. -- 25%.

And 10%. And EU said

they will retaliate. Finally, ending

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the programme with Mr Trump in

cartoon form. This is a cartoon on

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the front of The Daily Telegraph. A

unique take on the latest situation.

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It says it was Andy Warhol who said

in the future, everyone will work at

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the White House for 15 minutes. He

has lost Gary Cohn, his chief

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economic adviser, and so many others

as a result of the Russian

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investigation and all of that has

caught up various people, including

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his former communications director,

Caroline, not looking good?

This is

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quite an amusing take on this. The

statistics are amazing, he has lost

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40% of his staff in one years since

taking over as President. If we saw

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that turnover in British politics,

and we think we have had a turbulent

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year in terms of British politics,

having lost three Cabinet

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ministers... You can imagine the

kind of response you would get here!

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Some of the other scandals engulfing

him, back to this pawn storm.

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Stormy! We have had this moment in

Westminster with harassment and

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abuse are three Cabinet ministers

disappearing for things which are

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much less than what he has been

accused of.

And he still survives.

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The allegation is that there is a

nondisclosure agreement with this

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young lady, Stormy Daniels, that he

did not sign? Yes. How is invalid if

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one of the signatories --

signatories did not sign?

She

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deserves credit for taking on this

man.

We will leave it there. Thank

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you both for so much. Good to see

you both.

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Don't forget, you can see the front

pages of the papers online

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on the BBC News website.

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It's all there for you - seven days

a week at bbc.co.uk/papers.

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And if you miss the programme any

evening, you can watch it

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later on BBC iPlayer.

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Thank you, Caroline and Jane.

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Goodbye.

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