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Trump presidency : Highlights of presidency on Wednesday

 

 

WASHINGTON
Petroleumworld.com 03 02 2017

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

TRAVEL BAN

Senior Cabinet members have lobbied Donald Trump to remove Iraq from a list of seven Muslim-majority nations included in an initial travel ban, and an administration official says the country likely will not appear on a new executive order expected soon.

A new Trump executive order limiting travel to the United States will probably be worded to undercut the opportunity for opponents to sue by showing courts they have "standing."

ADDRESS TO CONGRESS

Trump shows a different side in his first address to Congress: part dealmaker, part salesman, asking for unity, not so combative and trying to repackage his populist message in more palatable terms.

Trump's signal of a new openness to immigration reform in his speech to Congress does little to win over Democrats who would be essential to revamping the nation's immigration laws.

Behind the scenes, Trump's daughter Ivanka was a key advocate for the more measured, less combative tone he struck in his speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, officials say.

INVESTIGATIONS

The U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee will investigate allegations of collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia, the top Democrat on the panel says.

ENVIRONMENT

Trump will target a handful of Obama-era green regulations, including a federal coal mining ban and an initiative forcing states to cut carbon emissions, in an executive order as soon as next week, a White House official tells Reuters.

UNITED NATIONS

Administration officials will meet for the first time with the chief of the U.N. atomic watchdog on Iran's nuclear deal, which Trump has branded "the worst deal ever negotiated."

MARKETS

The Dow blasts through the 21,000 mark for the first time after Trump's measured tone in his first speech to Congress lifted optimism and investors viewed a looming interest rate hike as a glass half full.

SECURITY

The Trump administration does not want to reform an internet surveillance law to address privacy concerns, a White House official tells Reuters, saying it is needed to protect national security.

ETHICS

The White House tells a government watchdog agency that Kellyanne Conway, a senior Trump aide, acted "inadvertently" when she publicly endorsed the clothing and jewelry line of Trump's daughter Ivanka, according to a letter from the administration.



Compiled by Bill Trott and Jonathan Oatis; Editing by Leslie Adler and Peter Cooney from Reuters.

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