Newspaper headlines: Trump 'swamped' and Jeremy Hunt's toilet

By BBC News


The violence in Charlottesville is considered in the editorial columns.

Much of the focus is on President Donald Trump's failure to single out for blame the white supremacists who rallied there.

The Guardian says he utterly failed in his primary duty to uphold equality and speak the truth about the racist violence that had taken place.

"Mr Trump's words were by turns slippery, banal and morally compromised," it concludes.

For the Financial Times, Mr Trump's condemnation only of "violence on many sides" had the "subtlety of a billy club".

It says senior Republicans must fill the void of moral leadership.

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The Daily Mirror says it shows an "even more sinister side" to Mr Trump than the sexism, crassness and bullying it says we already knew about.

In its dispatch from Charlottesville, the Daily Telegraph hears from some of those who took part in the rally.

One of them denies being "an angry racist", saying white nationalists "aren't all hateful", adding that "we just want to preserve what we have".

The Times leads on claims by "senior Whitehall officials" that Brexit decisions are being "rushed through."

It says concerns have been raised that a series of government policy papers - to be released in the coming weeks - are being put together in "essay crisis mode".

A "well placed Whitehall figure" tells that paper it is either an attempt to avoid proper scrutiny, or further proof ministers weren't ready for Brexit when they triggered Article 50.

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Theresa May will return from her summer holiday on Monday

The European Union will seek to implement more rigorous screening of the foreign takeovers of European companies, according to the Financial Times.

The paper says the issue has risen up the EU's political agenda because of growing fears that China wants to buy European know-how, while heavily restricting investment in its own domestic market.

It also points out that EU leaders have previously clashed over what kind of action to pursue, with nations such as the Nordic countries resisting a formal mechanism to restrict foreign takeovers.

The Daily Mail leads on plans to give millions of people checks for what it calls "silent killer" conditions at GP surgeries and pharmacies in England.

It is hoped the strategy will bring down the number of people - currently estimated at seven million - who are unaware they have disorders such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and irregular heartbeats.

The Mail says it will be backed by "hard-hitting campaigns on Facebook and local radio", telling adults to get themselves checked.

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The Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg spent the weekend playing down reports he has prime-ministerial ambitions.

He has now written an article in the Daily Telegraph headlined: "I don't want to be prime minister, but if I was, here's what the Conservative Party would do".

In it, he sets out a series of policies he thinks the government should adopt, ranging from cutting stamp duty to tackling "scarcely competent monopolies", such as the energy markets.

Despite emphasising again he does not want to be party leader himself, he allows himself some criticism of the incumbent.

The Tory backbencher suggests Theresa May's election campaign was "too managerial" and "lacking inspiration".

Finally, the Sun's splash is of a literal variety.

It leads with a report that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has had a £44,000 toilet and shower suite installed in his office.

The high cost of the loo - which is pictured for the benefit of the paper's readers - is apparently down to luxuries such as floor to ceiling slate tiles and sensor-activated lights.

A Department for Health spokesman has attempted to pour cold water on the story, however, saying Mr Hunt did not approve any costs relating to the department's new building.