Newspaper headlines: Donald Trump inauguration in focus

It is show time for the showman, the Times declares, as the papers look ahead to the inauguration of America's 45th president.

For the Mail, Mirror and the Sun, it is the Day of the Donald.

But the Sun says the inauguration is set to be the most divisive and volatile ever, with more than 25,000 police and secret service agents in place to quieten the thousands of protestors.

When Mr Trump takes the oath of office, the Guardian says, it will be a scene that not so long ago was unthinkable to the political establishment.

Even now, says the i, the world is having to pinch itself.

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In the Mail's words, it is an astonishing contrast with eight years ago when Barack Obama came to office on a wave of hope and expectation.

Mr Trump is pictured on many of the front pages giving a salute as he arrives at Andrews Air Force base near Washington DC for the inauguration, accompanied by his wife Melania.

The Guardian says he faces immediate pressure to deliver an inaugural address that can start to heal a divided nation and reassure an anxious world.

According to the Telegraph, he will pledge to rebuild the US middle class in a speech that will focus on boosting blue collar jobs and rolling back big government.

The paper says his team has laid out plans to slash the infrastructure of the state with $10.5tn in spending cuts over the next decade.


For its lead, the Telegraph reports that the Prince of Wales has described climate change as the "wolf at the door" - and urged world leaders to take immediate steps to combat what he sees as the biggest threat to the planet's future.

In his bleakest comments on the subject to date, the paper adds, Prince Charles says action on climate change "must be urgently scaled up, and scaled up now".

It says his warning is contained in the foreword to a new book he has co-authored, which is being published next week.


The jailing of a woman who plied her four-year-old daughter with drugs before she died is the lead for the Mail.

It says social workers knew Poppy Widdison was at risk before her mother gave birth, and their "shocking failures have been laid bare".

It asks why they are still in jobs and describes Michala Pyke as the mother from hell.

The paper's headline - "betrayed before she was even born".


The Guardian leads on an attack by Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron on Labour over its stance on Brexit.

In an interview for the paper, Mr Farron accuses Jeremy Corbyn of "lamely giving up" while Britain "drives off a cliff" as it leaves the EU.

In what the paper calls an overt attempt to grab votes in pro-Remain constituencies, Mr Farron describes Labour as the most ineffective opposition in living memory over its perceived failure to hold the government to account on the issue.


Finally, a company processing household waste found a highly unusual item in the piles of rubbish - an OBE.

The Sun says the medal was in its gold-embossed leather case.

The owner of the east London firm tells the Times: "You can imagine our astonishment when we found the medal.

"We come across some weird and wonderful things in our waste hauls but this really is something that needs to find its way home."