Highlights: Trump’s presidency on March 20 at 11:35 am EDT

© Reuters. United States President Donald Trump salutes as he walks from Marine One upon his return to the White House in Washington.

(Reuters) – Highlight of the day for the administration of US President Donald Trump on Monday:

RUSSIA AND SURVEILLANCE

FBI Director James Comey confirms that the agency is investigating possible efforts by the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 US elections, including links between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Moscow.

NOMINEE TO THE SUPREME COURT

With the ideological balance of the Supreme Court at stake, a Senate committee begins its high-stakes confirmation hearing for conservative appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s candidate for a lifetime job as a judge.

HEALTH CARE

The US House Rules Committee announces that it will hold a final hearing on the Republican healthcare bill on Wednesday, a day before lawmakers are expected to vote on the legislation.

REFUGEES

US officials are taking fingerprints of the asylum seekers at an Australian-run camp on the peaceful island of Nauru, indicating that the investigation of the resettlement applicants in what Trump calls a “silly deal” has been restarted.

COMMERCE

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says a summit of G7 leaders in May will be a good opportunity to address differences with Trump on how to ensure free trade and make trade fairer.

G20 officials who interacted with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at a weekend meeting in Germany chose not to challenge him about the Trump administration’s protectionist language.

CHINA

The Chinese government is seeking advice from its think tanks and political advisers on how to counter possible Trump trade sanctions, preparing for the worst, even as it awaits trade negotiations.

The Taiwanese government, concerned about being used as a pawn by China and the United States, says it must protect its own interests as concerns mount in Taipei ahead of an expected meeting of US and Chinese leaders.

Following Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s weekend visit to Beijing, China is preparing for a meeting of Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Foreign Ministry says.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Trump’s outspoken doubts about climate change and his administration’s efforts to reverse regulation to combat it awaken a dormant faction in American politics: the Republican environmental movement.

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