Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, meets Boris Johnson for talks at Downing Street - Hannah McKay/REUTERS
Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, meets Boris Johnson for talks at Downing Street – Hannah McKay/REUTERS

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US secretary of state alleges ‘deal’ led to British deaths

The head of the World Health Organisation was “bought” by China. That is the allegation from the US secretary of state, who claimed the body’s failings had contributed to “dead Britons”. Mike Pompeo made the claims at a private meeting of MPs in London that Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the organisation’s director-general, had struck a deal with China that helped him secure election. He added that the WHO was a “political” rather than “science-based organisation” that had failed to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. Mr Pompeo’s comments came as he began a trip to Europe to put pressure on the UK and America’s EU allies to take a tougher stance against China. It was just days after Britain announced a ban on Huawei technology in its 5G network by 2027. Matt finds a humorous way to tell the China story in today’s cartoon.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump has warned the American people that the coronavirus pandemic would “probably get worse before it gets better” in a starker warning than his often expressed prediction that the virus will one day disappear. The president also urged citizens to wear a mask if they cannot socially distance in a marked change in tone. US Editor Ben Riley-Smith writes in this analysis that surging coronavirus is hurting Mr Trump’s re-election chances – and he knows it.

Britain close to abandoning hope of Brexit trade deal

Ministers now believe that Britain and the EU will fail to sign a post-Brexit trade deal, with just days to go until Boris Johnson’s July deadline for one. The Telegraph has learnt that the Government’s working assumption is that Britain will trade with Europe on World Trade Organisation terms when the transition period ends on Dec 31. Political Editor Gordon Rayner reports how negotiators remain deadlocked on fishing rights, so-called level playing field guarantees, governance of the deal and the role of the European Court of Justice. Liam Halligan writes that this EU summit fiasco is the final proof we need a clean-break Brexit.

Magnificent seven: New pictures for George’s birthday

Prince George celebrates his seventh birthday today with his family under the Covid-19 “new normal” at the Cambridges’ home at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, where they have stayed since the beginning of lockdown. The Prince looks to have embraced the great outdoors as he is captured playing in the garden in photographs taken by his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge. In one, he wears a camouflage T-shirt – though without the full Army outfit once worn by his father at the same age. View the pictures. Fashion News and Features Director Bethan Holt analyses how George is following in his father’s style footsteps.

At a glance: More coronavirus headlines

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

President’s intervention | Donald Trump said he “wished Ghislaine Maxwell well” in an extraordinary intervention in the case against the British socialite accused of recruiting young girls for the late paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein. The US president said he had met Ms Maxwell “numerous times” when she lived in the same part of Florida as his Mar-a-Lago club. Nick Allen has more from Washington DC.  

Around the world: Street battles in America

A federal officer uses pepper spray to deter a protester in Portland, Oregon. The deployment of camouflaged federal agents in response to the ongoing protests against racial inequality has been criticised by elected officials. View a gallery of more striking pictures of the day.

A confrontation in front of the Mark O Hatfield courthouse - NATHAN HOWARD/GETTY
A confrontation in front of the Mark O Hatfield courthouse – NATHAN HOWARD/GETTY

Comment and analysis

Editor’s choice: Features and arts

  1. Why the Booker Prize so often gets it wrong | The great novels that were snubbed

  2. Property | The insider guide to buying your own private Soho Farmhouse

  3. From staycation to luxury escape What to wear for every kind of summer holiday

Business and money briefing

Car giant | Taxpayers will underwrite £500m of loans to Ford as ministers fight to boost exports by the automotive titan’s British business. Alan Tovey reports how the cash is being provided as part of a £625m package handed out by a syndicate of banks.

Sport briefing

Aston Villa 1 Arsenal 0 | Aston Villa grabbed a priceless Premier League survival lifeline, beating Arsenal to climb out of the drop zone with one match to play. Read John Percy‘s match report from Villa Park.  

And finally… for this morning’s downtime

Is Tesla’s green investment bubble about to burst? | Elon Musk’s EV giant occupies a unique position, “miles ahead of the competition”. But with rivals lining up, how long can it stay there? US technology reporter Olivia Rudgard reports from San Francisco