Highlights: The Trump Presidency on March 31 at 12:10 pm EDT
(Reuters) – Highlights of the day for US President Donald Trump’s administration on Friday:
RUSSIA AND THE ELECTIONS IN THE UNITED STATES
Trump expresses support for the decision of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, to seek immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony in congressional investigations into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia.
NOMINEE TO THE SUPREME COURT
Two Democratic senators voice their opposition to Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch ahead of the expected contentious confirmation fight next week in the Senate.
The Trump administration criticizes China for a number of trade problems, from its chronic industrial overcapacity to forced technology transfers and long-standing bans on American beef and electronic payment services. Beijing seeks to minimize tensions with the United States and show a positive face ahead of President Xi Jinping’s first meeting with Trump next week.
Trump will sign executive orders on Friday aimed at identifying the abuses that are causing massive trade deficits in the United States and cracking down on non-payment of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on imports, say his top trade officials.
Germany urges the European Union to consider filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization against the United States for its plan to impose tariffs on sheet steel imports from five EU member states.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis notes that Washington may soon decide how to respond to what it says are Russian violations of a Cold War-era gun control agreement, saying the United States is consulting with allies.
Germany says NATO’s agreed target of spending 2 percent of members’ annual economic output is “neither achievable nor desirable,” countering a call from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for all allies to comply and quickly.
Governments have created a “global momentum” to curb climate change despite Trump’s threats to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions, says the United Nations climate chief.
Trump will seek to rebuild America’s relationship with Egypt in a meeting Monday with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi focused on security and military aid issues, a senior White House official said. [L2N1H814B]
Trump will host King Abdullah of Jordan at the White House next week to discuss the fight against Islamic State militants, the Syria crisis and advancing peace between Israelis and Palestinians, the White House says in a statement.
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