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Scotland's papers: Brexit 'blow' and Trump's 'charm'

Nicola Sturgeon's drive to "protect Scotland's relationship with the EU" has suffered a major blow after Ireland confirmed it would not enter direct talks with Holyrood over her plans. The Herald says Dublin has insisted it will only deal with London on the issue.

The Scotsman writes that the first minister has indicated she would be prepared to meet US President-elect Donald Trump despite her disappointment at his election to the White House.

Meanwhile, The National reports that Donald Trump had an "excellent" meeting with Barack Obama at the White House yesterday, saying he would look to his predecessor for "counsel" during his own presidency.

The president-elect stepped into the Oval Office for the first time on Thursday in a "show of civility" with President Obama designed to reassure an anxious America that a peaceful transition of power was under way, is how The Times Scotland reports the story.

Under the headline Trump Turns On The Charm, the Scottish Daily Mail says that Mr Trump phoned Theresa May and invoked the Reagan era with an "upbeat" message for Britain.

The Scottish Daily Express claims that the new president told the British prime minister that he would help her "ditch the EU".

The Daily Record calls the White House meeting between "bitter rivals" Donald Trump and Barack Obama "awkward".

The Scottish Sun goes one step further and calls the meeting "excruciatingly awkward" and says the tension was palpable as Obama said he was "encouraged" by the "divisive billionaire's interest in working with his team".

Donald Trump is being threatened with assassination as "bitter" Hillary Clinton supporters reject the new US President, the Daily Star of Scotland claims.

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