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HIGHLIGHTS-The Trump presidency on Feb 15 at 8:29 p.m. EST/Feb 16 0129 GMT
February 15, 2017 / 1:42 PM / 6 months ago

HIGHLIGHTS-The Trump presidency on Feb 15 at 8:29 p.m. EST/Feb 16 0129 GMT

    Feb 15 (Reuters) - Highlights of the day for U.S. President
Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday:
    
    RUSSIA
    A crisis over the relationship between Trump's aides and
Russia deepens as a growing number of Trump's fellow Republicans
demand expanded congressional inquiries into the
matter.            
    The Trump administration offers the job of national security
adviser to U.S. Vice Admiral Robert Harward, sources say, but it
is not clear if he accepted.                         
    The Kremlin says U.S. media reports about Russian
intelligence connections to Trump's presidential campaign are
groundless.             
    Russia also says it will not return Crimea to Ukraine or
discuss the matter with foreign partners after the White House
says Trump expects the annexed Black Sea peninsula to be 
returned.             

    CABINET AND ADMINISTRATION
    Trump's nominee for labor secretary, Andrew Puzder,
withdraws his name from consideration amid concerns that he
could not garner enough Senate votes to be confirmed.    
            
    Trump's choice of Representative Mick Mulvaney to become
White House budget director on Wednesday appears to pick up
enough Republican votes to vault him into the job.             
            
    NETANYAHU
    Trump drops U.S. insistence on a two-state solution to the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a long-standing bedrock of Middle
East policy, even as he urges Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu to curb settlement construction.             
        
    BUSINESS
    Trump says tax code revisions are a critical way to boost
the nation's economy as he kicks off a White House meeting with
chief executive officers of Target Corp        , Best Buy Co Inc
        and six other major retailers.            
    
    FOREIGN POLICY
    Trump's defense secretary seeks to reassure NATO of
steadfast U.S. support at talks in Brussels as nervous European
allies try to look past the president's rhetoric and the turmoil
within his administration.             
    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is heading to Bonn to
interact with counterparts from the Group of 20 top economies at
a time many are wondering how strongly Trump's "America First"
message will reshape U.S. foreign policy.             
    Vice President Mike Pence also is bound for Europe this week
to meet with allies seeking clarity on the administration's
foreign policy strategy and its stance toward Russia.
            
    
    REGULATION
    Staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been
told that Trump is preparing a handful of executive orders to
reshape the agency, to be signed once a new administrator is
confirmed, two sources say.             
    
    OBAMACARE
    The Trump administration proposes changes to the Obamacare
individual insurance market that insurers welcome as a good
start but that others say could raise consumers' out-of-pocket
cost.             

 (Compiled by Bill Trott; Editing by James Dalgleish and Peter
Cooney)
  

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