February 20, 2017 / 9:18 PM / 5 months ago

HIGHLIGHTS-The Trump presidency on Feb. 24 at 12:35 a.m. EST/17:35 GMT

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    Feb 24 (Reuters) - Highlights of the day for U.S. President
Donald Trump's administration on Friday:
    
    MILITARY BUILDUP
    Trump says he will make a massive budget request for one of
the "greatest military buildups in American history" in a
feisty, campaign-style speech extolling robust nationalism to
eager conservative activists.             
    
    REGULATION
    Trump signs an executive order aimed at repealing or
simplifying federal regulations.             
    
    TRUMP AND FBI
    Trump criticizes the FBI for failing to stop leaks of
national security information to the media and directs the
agency to find those who pass on classified information.
            
    
    RUSSIA
    Russian politicians close to the Kremlin say Trump's
declared aim of putting the U.S. nuclear arsenal "at the top of
the pack" risks starting a new Cold War-style arms race between
Washington and Moscow.             
    
    CHINA
    China dismisses renewed pressure from Trump over its role in
North Korea, saying the crux of the matter is a dispute between
Washington and Pyongyang.             
    China says it has no intention of using currency devaluation
to its advantage in trade, responding to Trump's description of
China as the "grand champions" of currency manipulation.
            
    
    MEXICO
    Mexico does not need U.S. financial aid, Interior Minister
Miguel Angel Osorio Chong says, after Trump ordered a report on
such assistance given by the United States to its southern
neighbor over the last five years.             
    
    ANTI-TRUMP MOVEMENT
    Raucous town hall meetings held by Republican Congress
members are the latest outburst in a relentless series of
rallies, marches and protests that shows no signs of abating
more than 30 days into the Trump administration.             
    
    GERMANY
    Germany does not yet have a full picture of the approach
Trump's administration is taking on foreign, security and trade
policy but is keen to engage with Washington on these issues, a
Foreign Ministry spokesman says.             
    
    PERU
    Peru's Trade Minister Eduardo Ferreyros says he does not
think Trump would want to renegotiate the trade agreement
between the two countries because it has been beneficial to the
United States.             

 (Compiled by Jonathan Oatis; editing by Grant McCool)
  

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