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What the papers say: Nigel Farage’s Trump card

Theresa May was tenth in line in the phone queue to speak to president-elect Donald Trump last week. Yet Nigel Farage managed an hour-long meeting with Trump over the weekend – and even found time to pose for pictures in Trump’s gold-plated elevator. Downing Street has so far said it doesn’t want Farage’s help to build bridges with the new US leader. But how sustainable is that approach?

The Daily Telegraph says now is not the time to be fussy about the way in which Britain forges links with Trump. The paper says that the government is ‘right to consider making use of Nigel Farage’, who it points out will offer a ‘direct line’ to the White House. It doesn’t stop there though: suggesting the prospect of Nigel Farage becoming Britain’s new ambassador in Washington might not be a bad thing, The Telegraph says that although such a move would go down like a lead balloon in the Foreign Office, it might still be worth thinking about. After all, the Telegraph adds, ‘this is a time for the government to call in all the contacts it has with the new administration’.

Donald Trump’s victory sent shockwaves around the world – but the Sun says its clear that Theresa May gets the message. In its editorial, the paper says the Prime Minister ‘understands that it’s no longer business as usual for politicians’. Yet it’s not just enough for the PM to pay lip service to change – now is the time for action, the Sun says. The paper’s editorial says it is vital she now responds to voters’ worries. On the issue of immigration, the paper adds, ‘her career will be just one casualty’, if she doesn’t act quickly and decisively.

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