February 28, 2017 / 2:05 PM / 9 months ago

HIGHLIGHTS-The Trump presidency on Feb 28 at 11:18 p.m. EST/March 1 0418 GMT

    Feb 28 (Reuters) - Highlights of the day for U.S. President
Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday:

    Trump says he is open to a broad overhaul of the U.S.
immigration system, a shift from his hardline campaign rhetoric,
as he makes his first speech to Congress following a turbulent
first month in office.             
    Trump reaffirms support for the United States' long-standing
security alliances around the world but insists that friends and
partners from Europe to the Middle East to the Pacific must “pay
their fair share of the cost.”             
    Trump is considering introducing legislation to provide
illegal immigrants a pathway to legal status - but not
immediately to citizenship, CNN reported.             
    Trump says "maybe it's my fault" that his immigration policy
was not communicated effectively, but gives himself a grade of A
for "what I've actually done."             
    Trump's nominee to be director of national intelligence
pledges to back a thorough investigation of any Russian efforts
to influence the 2016 presidential election, seeking to reassure
lawmakers worried that partisan politics might interfere with a
    The National Security Agency risks a brain drain of hackers
and cyber spies because of a tumultuous reorganization and
worries about the acrimonious relationship between the
intelligence community and Trump, according to current and
former NSA officials and cyber security industry sources.
    The White House denies that Trump plans to issue an
executive order to change the national biofuels program, after
the U.S. Renewable Fuels Association said the president's team
had informed the group an order was pending.             

    Trump's attorney general, Jeff Sessions, says the federal
government should stop suing local police departments, signaling
a sharp departure from the Obama administration's policy toward
law enforcement exhibiting patterns of racism or excessive
    Trump's proposal to slash funding for the State Department
and foreign aid faces stiff opposition in Congress, not just
from Democrats, but also from many fellow Republicans.
    Major U.S. corporations are going to war in Washington over
a Republican "border adjustment" tax proposal meant to boost
exports over imports, with lawmakers coming under pressure from
some of the nation's biggest employers.             
    Trump signs an order directing regulators to review an Obama
administration rule that expanded the number of federally
protected waterways as he targets environmental regulations
conservatives label as government overreach.             
    Trump signs an executive order aimed at boosting government
support for historically black colleges.             

 (Compiled by Bill Trott and Jonathan Oatis; Editing by Leslie
Adler and Peter Cooney)

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