Highlights: Trump’s Presidency on March 9 at 3:40 p.m. EST

Highlights: Trump‘s Presidency on March 9 at 3:40 p.m. EST

(Reuters) – Highlights of the day for the administration of US President Donald Trump on Thursday:

HEALTH CARE

The Trump-backed Republican plan to reform the US healthcare system overcomes its first hurdle, but the chances of approval in Congress appear uncertain amid opposition from Democrats, Conservatives and industry groups.

ENVIRONMENT

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says he is not convinced that carbon dioxide from human activity is the main driver of climate change and wants Congress to assess whether it is a harmful pollutant that should be regulated.

DEFENSE AND SECURITY

Trump’s plan to boost military spending comes amid growing evidence that potential enemies have new weapons that can destroy much of America’s costly carrier fleet.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will host a meeting of 68 nations in Washington this month to discuss the next moves by the coalition fighting Islamic State militants, a Trump administration official said.

REGULATION

Trump meets with the community bankers and promises them that he will remove some of the Dodd-Frank financial regulations and make sure they can continue to give small businesses access to capital.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says his goal is to reduce regulatory uncertainty for the industry and will publish an announcement on fuel efficiency standards very soon.

DIPLOMACY

Reports that Jon Huntsman will be the next US ambassador to Russia raise anxiety in Moscow, with one politician calling him a hawk and the pro-Kremlin media recalling what they said was his troubling history of hostile rhetoric.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approves Trump’s candidate for ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, an outspoken bankruptcy attorney aligned with the Israeli right.

TRAVEL PROHIBITION

The Washington state attorney general will ask a federal judge in Seattle to confirm that an earlier court ruling halting Trump’s temporary travel ban applies to a revised order signed by Trump this week.

RUSSIA

CNN reports that the US Senate intelligence committee wants Michael Flynn, forced to resign as Trump’s national security adviser, and other former Trump aides to testify in its investigation of Russian interference in the US presidential election. 2016.

EX-SPY

A former American spy, recently pardoned by Italy in connection with the CIA kidnapping of a terror suspect in Milan, credits the Trump administration with saving her from an Italian jail.

MISSING AMERICAN

The Trump administration marks the 10th anniversary of Robert Levinson’s disappearance in Iran on Thursday with a promise to bring the former FBI and DEA agent back to the United States.

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