March 21 Highlights of the day for U.S.
President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday:
Trump goes to Capitol Hill to warn Republican lawmakers that
voters could punish them if they do not approve the plan he
favors to dismantle Obamacare, as pressure grows on the
businessman-turned-politician to win the first major legislative
battle of his presidency.
Some conservatives in Washington are angry about a tweak in
the Obamacare rollback bill by Republican leaders to delete a
provision meant to crack down on illegal immigrants getting
federal healthcare insurance coverage.
Neil Gorsuch, Trump's Supreme Court pick, pledges
independence from Trump and says no one, including the
president, is above the law amid concerns by Democrats that he
would be beholden to the man who selected him.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson proposes new dates for a
NATO meeting, the State Department says, after he initially
decided to skip the talks and rebuffed the alliance's efforts to
Tillerson has written to Senate leaders urging the
ratification of Montenegro as NATO's newest member, saying it is
"strongly in the interests of the United States."
The Trump administration is reviewing whether it will
reaffirm the goal of a world without nuclear weapons, a White
House aide says, referring to an aim embraced by previous
presidents and required by a key arms control treaty.
The Trump administration is considering sweeping sanctions
aimed at cutting North Korea off from the global financial
system as part of a review of measures to counter Pyongyang's
nuclear and missile threat, a U.S. official says.
A North Korean diplomat says his country has nothing to fear
from any U.S. move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off
from the global financial system and will pursue "acceleration"
of its nuclear and missile programs.
The Trump administration confirms it is imposing
restrictions on electronic devices carried by travelers coming
to the United States from 10 airports, mainly in the Middle East
and North Africa, in response to unspecified terrorism threats.
Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni wants to send a
strong message in favor of free trade when he welcomes Trump and
other world leaders in Italy in May for a G7 meeting.
Canada's government, under pressure from domestic steel
firms, is expressing concern to U.S. officials about a proposed
"Buy America" policy that could cause heavy Canadian job losses,
(Compiled by Bill Trott and Jonathan Oatis; Editing by Lisa
Shumaker and Grant McCool)