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Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday

 

 

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Petroleumworld.com 01 26 2017

Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday:

IMMIGRATION

Trump signs directives to build his promised wall along the Mexican border and strip funding from cities that shield illegal immigrants as he charges ahead with sweeping plans for how the United States deals with immigration and national security.

ELECTION FALLOUT

Trump says he will seek an investigation into what he believes was voter fraud in the Nov. 8 election, despite overwhelming consensus among state officials, election experts and politicians that it is rare. A House of Representatives committee calls on the administration to provide it with documents related to the investigation of Russian efforts to influence the election.

SECURITY

Trump is expected to issue an executive order that could lead to reinstatement of a CIA program to interrogate terrorism suspects in secret overseas prisons using techniques that have been condemned as torture, two U.S. officials say. Defense Secretary James Mattis will visit close U.S. allies Japan and South Korea in his debut trip next week and will also attend the Munich Security Conference next month with Homeland Security chief John Kelly.

CRIME

Trump's vow to "send in the Feds" if Chicago is unable to cut shootings and killings is a pledge to provide law enforcement or other federal assistance so that the city's citizens will feel safe, the White House says.

MARKETS

The Dow Jones Industrial Average trades above 20,000 for the first time, resuming a rally that began in the wake of Trump's surprise election victory.

SUPREME COURT

Trump says he will make his choice to fill the 11-month vacancy on the Supreme Court on Feb. 2 as he seeks to restore a conservative majority to the court.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Trade will dominate the first talks between the United States and Britain's new leaders this week, with both hoping commitments to a future deal will redefine their "special relationship" in a new world order. China is mapping out global leadership aspirations from trade to climate change, drawing distinctions between President Xi Jinping and Trump.

PIPELINES

Opponents of two controversial oil pipelines face a difficult legal path if the U.S. government approves their construction, experts say after Trump issues orders to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access projects.

ENVIRONMENT

Trump administration officials are reviewing the content of the Environmental Protection Agency's website but have no immediate plans to remove its content on climate change, according to a report.



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