Trump gets down to work

Front Cover - Guardian (Trump)“President Donald Trump wasted no time getting to work on Friday night, heading straight to the Oval Office where he signed his first executive orders since arriving at the White House. He christened the Resolute Desk by signing an order to confirm General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense and another order to ‘ease the burden of Obamacare’. He has already made changes to the Oval Office decor, swapping its formerly crimson drapes for gold curtains and putting back in its former place a bust of former British prime minister Winston Churchill.” – Daily Mail

More inauguration:


  • Protesters can’t rain on Trump’s parade – The Times (£)
  • Police arrest more than 200 during protests – FT

>Yesterday: Ben Roback in Comment: Presidential pinch points: three key hurdles that Trump must vault

Charles Moore: Enter Trump, the great disruptor

“The really extraordinary thing about political life in democracies in the last decade is how far the leaders have lagged behind the problems their countries confront. Until last year, no important country decisively broke with the status quo which brought you the credit crunch of 2008. It is not a coincidence that the first were Britain – with the Brexit vote – and the United States – with Mr Trump’s victory. Our political systems are more responsive than those of the Continent, which still act as if nothing much has happened. The global giants who met at Davos this week say they welcome “disrupters”. Any young person who wants to get on in business nowadays has to pretend to be one of these. But these elites are actually deeply conformist. When they encounter a true disrupter at their own level, they reel back in horror.” – Daily Telegraph

  • A message of unity, just not the sort liberals are used to – Tim Stanley, Daily Telegraph
  • The speech which put the world on notice – Edward Luce, FT
  • Anti-Trump protesters are on the wrong path – Janice Turner, The Times (£)


  • It’s a funny old game as ‘humble’ Trump triumphs – Patrick Kidd, The Times (£)


May to be first foreign leader to visit new White House

Front Cover - Western Mail (Trump)“Theresa May will fly out to meet Donald Trump next week in secret plans to make her the first foreign leader to hold talks with the new US President. The Telegraph can reveal that Mrs May hopes to fly out to Washington DC on Thursday – much earlier than previously thought. The visit has been brought forward after Steve Bannon, Mr Trump’s chief strategist, reached out to appeal for an early trip, according to sources. Mrs May is expected to visit “for a couple of days” and hold talks with Mr Trump in the Oval Office, the presidential office in the White House.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Prime Minister to emphasise value of NATO and the EU to the President – FT
  • May spends inauguration giving school assembly – Daily Mail
  • ‘Bad boys of Brexit’ throw inauguration party as Farage unveiled as Fox star – The Times (£)
  • Former UKIP leader to become ‘unofficial adviser’, says ally – Daily Telegraph
  • Fighting as thousands in Britain protest the new President – Daily Mail
  • New ambassador is no stranger to Number Ten – The Times (£)

More international:

  • Pope and Israel welcome Trump whilst Germany warns of ‘rough ride’ – Daily Mail
  • More world leaders welcome the new President – The Sun

>Today: ToryDiary: May’s tremendous task – to tame Trump

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Enough of the faux shock at the new US ambassador to the UK

Matthew Parris: Tories’ flirting with Trump will end in tears

“Among some quite intelligent British Conservatives – and more widely on the intellectual right – there is now the distinct stirring of a Tories-for-Trump movement. The flirtation is getting noisy and the spectacle unwholesome. The affair, if it develops, would be very much against the national interest – and incidentally a moral and intellectual disgrace for British conservatism. But romance is definitely in the air.” – The Times (£)

  • I can’t way to see where the revolution goes next – Nigel Farage, Daily Telegraph
  • May’s global ambitions mask Britain’s diminished status – Linda Colley, FT


  • Now a President who respects Britain – Daily Mail
  • Inaugural address will have reassured supporters and alarmed opponents – The Times (£)

Brexit 1) Trump a threat to the EU’s survival, warns Hammond

Front Cover - Mirror (Trump)“Donald Trump poses a threat to the EU’s survival, Philip Hammond has warned the world’s elite. Speaking in Davos, the Chancellor told the World Economic Forum that Brussels should be more worried about the new US President than the destabilising effect of Brexit. Mr Hammond said: “Brexit has introduced uncertainty. I think the change of administration in the US has introduced an even bigger piece of uncertainty for the European Union”.” – The Sun

  • Then end of TTIP? Trump removes EU deal from White House website – Daily Express
  • Chancellor mounts thinly-veiled attack on ‘populism’ – The Sun
  • Hammond blames Blair for Brexit vote – The Times (£)
  • Talks may take longer than two-year deadline, Chancellor admits – The Sun
  • Rees-Mogg shuts down a heckler for booing Brexit – Daily Express


  • The Trump effect may be a new British focus on Europe – Martin Kettle, The Guardian

Brexit 2) French warn of trade war over May’s fighting talk

“Theresa May will provoke a trade war with the rest of Europe if she cuts corporate taxes to attract businesses after Brexit, a leading French politician has warned. Claude Bartolone, Speaker of the lower house of parliament and chairman of an all-party parliamentary Brexit committee, urged the EU to avoid a “conciliatory” approach to the UK. His words, in an interview with The Times, will fuel concern in Whitehall that Paris will prove to be an obstacle during the Brexit negotiations. Mr Bartolone voiced the widely held view in France that if Europe made concessions to Mrs May, other member states would want to follow Britain’s example and quit the EU.” – The Times (£)

  • Prime Minister on a risky path to Brexit – FT
  • Initial three months after Article 50 are crucial, says Hammond – The Sun
  • Schäuble says post-Brexit trade deal can be done quickly – FT
  • Government didn’t offer Nissan money to stay in Britain – The Independent

More Brexit:

  • Davis preparing to address Parliament after Supreme Court verdict – Daily Telegraph
  • Branson’s new campaign to turn public against Brexit – Daily Mail
  • Labour MPs rebel against Corbyn’s position on Article 50 vote – FT

More economy:

  • May steps back from tough stance on foreign investment – FT
  • Berry attacks latest pay gap statistics – Daily Mail
  • US bankers hatch two-year plan for City – FT
  • Bankers prepare for Eurozone break-up risk – FT


  • Is the City going to hell in a Brexit handcart? – Nils Pratley, The Guardian

>Today: John Penrose MP in Comment: Why post-Brexit Britain will need a sovereign wealth fund

Brexit 3) Cooper compares Labour MPs rebelling on Article 50 to Trump

Labour holes“Yvette Cooper has deepened Labour infighting over Brexit, by warning MPs who vote against triggering Article 50 will be behaving like Donald Trump. The former leadership contender turned her fire on MPs from all parties who have insisted they will not give consent to a Brexit they believe will be deeply damaging. “It was a referendum that was fought in good faith and nobody said at any time ‘you know what, I am not going to respect the result afterwards’,” Ms Cooper said. “That’s the kind of thing Donald Trump says – and did say before the presidential election – and we were all appalled and horrified that he was saying that about the outcome of a vote.” – The Independent

More opposition:

  • Starmer accuses Liberal Democrats of deepening Brexit divisions… – The Guardian
  • …as Farron accuses Labour of ‘giving up’ on the EU – The Guardian

Johnson in Burma

“Boris Johnson held talks with Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi today amid concerns about allegations of human rights abuses in the country. The Foreign Secretary said ‘many challenges remain’ in Burma and the country’s transition to democracy was not yet complete.  He was due to raise concerns over the military’s hard-line crackdown on Rohingyaon rebels. But Mr Johnson praised Ms San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Burma, for the swift progress that her National League for Democracy has made since taking office nine months ago. ” – Daily Mail

  • Osborne’s insight on China secures top finance job – The Times (£)

Labour’s canvas returns suggest Tories will win Copeland by-election

LABOUR dead rose“Jeremy Corbyn is set to become the first official opposition leader to lose a by-election to the Government in 35 years, according to the Labour Party’s own canvass returns. The Telegraph understands internal analysis of more than 10,000 conversations with voters in Copeland, the Cumbrian constituency, shows Labour’s support down by a third since 2015. A senior Labour source said Mr Corbyn’s “incompetence” as a political leader is coming up repeatedly on the doorstep when discussing voting intention. The returns suggest that the Tories will take Copeland – a seat held by Labour for 80 years – when voters pick their new MP next month.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Fears Labour will come fourth as Nuttall enters the race – The Sun
  • Opposition announce double by-election on February 23 – The Independent
  • Members’ rebellion is snub to Corbyn – The Times (£)
  • Leader under fire for mimicking Miliband’s devolution plan – Daily Telegraph


  • The Corbynistas might have the throne, but they don’t control the party – Tom Harris, Daily Telegraph

May vows to improve industrial skills training for young people

“May will next week highlight how today’s young people are no better educated than their grandparents as she unveils a new training revolution. A report by the international OECD think tank recently found that England is the only developed country where 16 to 24 year olds are no more literate or numerate than 55 to 64-year-olds. In his column in The Sun today, James Forsyth reveals the devastating statistic has driven the PM’s thinking behind her Modern Industrial Strategy. A major element to it with be upskilling the next generation so they can compete in a fast-changing world, it has emerged.” – The Sun

  • Academy chain backs grammar schools – Daily Mail


  • Britain only advanced country where 16-24s are no more literate than 55-64s – James Forsyth, The Sun

…as Government ‘abandon’ plan to allow house building on the Green Belt

HOMES Manifesto“A housing free-for-all on the Green Belt is set to be abandoned as ministers come under pressure from their own constituents. At least half the Cabinet are already facing controversy over plans to allow green fields to be bulldozed for housing. Those affected include Theresa May, Chancellor Philip Hammond, and Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, who has vowed publicly to ‘fight to protect the Green Belt from inappropriate development’. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid was reported last year to be considering easing the rules that allow councils to build on Green Belt land provided they designate equivalent areas of land for protection.” – Daily Mail

News in Brief:

  • Rolls-Royce chief and other top executives face fraud squad probe over corruption – Daily Mail
  • Lawyers open new front in Putin’s wat with Ukraine – The Times (£)
  • Gambian president agrees to step down after Senegal threatens intervention – Daily Telegraph
  • London’s Garden Bridge faces new financial hurdle – FT
  • Thousands of passengers face fresh misery as strike fears mount over train security staff – Daily Mail