Tom Goodenough

What the papers say: Donald Trump’s deal with Britain

What the papers say: Donald Trump's deal with Britain
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It's difficult to escape from Donald Trump’s interview with Michael Gove in the Times this morning. The president-elect’s view that he wants a quick trade deal with Britain is not only leading a number of newspaper front pages, it's also stirring up excitement in the editorials. Here's what the newspapers are saying:

In its editorial, the Times says its interview with the ‘refreshingly candid’ president-elect should reassure us about the prospect of a Trump presidency. Take Syria, for instance: it’s true that Trump ‘clearly grasps’ the scale of the crisis there. It’s also ‘reassuring’ to hear Trump commit to a strong Nato. And the fact he wants early talks with Theresa May on Brexit is also a healthy sign. But Trump must walk a narrow path, and if he is serious about aiming for a policy of ‘peace through strength’ around the world, it’s important he sticks to what that means - even if it annoys those with whom he wants America to forge closer ties, such as Russia. What's more, a ‘fresh start’ with Russia shouldn’t mean that the country's slate is wiped clean; the Times says it's vital that Putin ‘must be held accountable’ for his crimes in Ukraine. If he fails to do so, it's not only justice which will fall by the way side, Trump's own deal making prowess could also lie in tatters, the paper says. Finally, the Times argues, it’s vital that for all his talk on the campaign trail, Trump remembers one thing: that the ’fairest trade is free’. After all, the US has ‘nothing to fear from it’, the paper concludes.

Donald Trump’s comments about wanting a quick trade deal with Britain can set the tone for what Britain’s relationship with the rest of the world can look like, says the Sun. The paper says that the UK can become a ‘model for the 21st Century’ by adopting a ‘low tax, free trading, globally focussed’ approach. The Sun also picks up on the president-elect’s comments about the possibility of other countries leaving the EU. ‘No wonder,’ says the Sun. Even in the 20th century, the EU looked ‘outdated’, with its ‘rigid, high tax’ approach. So if EU leaders had any sense, the paper says, they'll 'agree a trade deal’ with the UK. But if they don’t, then Philip Hammond’s warning - that Britain will not simply lie down and accept what it gets - is the right approach. After all, ‘with or without a Brexit deal, there’s a strong case for reducing taxes on ­business to make us even more ­attractive a venue’.

Trump's interview might be filling the headlines, but the Daily Telegraph finds room in its editorial to hit out at Jeremy Corbyn over his stance on railway strikes. The Labour leader said in a speech at the Fabian Society at the weekend that he 'would rather stand on a picket line for a safely staffed railway than stand with the fat cat rail bosses’. But there’s no justification for the walkout, says the paper. Instead, it’s clear: ‘This is a political strike’. It says Corbyn’s answers to the issue of what to do with the railways don’t make any sense. Given that the ‘most malfunctioning aspects of the railway system, such as track and signals, are already run by the state’, it doesn’t add up to nationalise the rest of the railway. But this failure isn’t just isolated to his views on the railway, the Telegraph says. The substance of his ideas generally ‘renders Labour irrelevant’, the paper argues. And Corbyn also has the ‘wrong position’ on 'education, tax and regulation'. No wonder so many Labour MPs are jumping ship, the paper says.