February 10, 2017 / 5:21 PM / a year ago

HIGHLIGHTS-The Trump presidency on Feb. 10 at 7:05 p.m. EST/Feb. 11 0005 GMT

Feb 10 (Reuters) - Highlights of the day for U.S. President
Donald Trump's administration on Friday:
    Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe open a new
chapter in U.S.-Japan relations with Trump abruptly setting
aside campaign pledges to force Tokyo to pay more for U.S.
defense aid. 
    Trump says he is considering issuing a new travel ban
executive order, while White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus
says the administration could still escalate a legal dispute
over Trump's original travel ban order to the U.S. Supreme
    Several Democratic U.S. senators and a Republican
congressman whose district includes a section of the U.S.-Mexico
border express skepticism about Trump's proposed wall there
after learning the project's estimated cost is $21.6 billion.
    Trump changes tack and agrees to honor the "One China"
policy during a phone call with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in a
major diplomatic boost for Beijing, which brooks no criticism of
its claim to self-ruled Taiwan. 

    The Washington Post reports White House national security
adviser Michael Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against
Russia with Moscow's ambassador during the month before Trump
took office. Flynn had previously denied discussing sanctions.
    Russian President Vladimir Putin proposes Slovenia, the
birthplace of Trump's wife, Melania, as a good place for a
meeting with Trump, but says the decision on a location is not
Moscow's alone. 
    Trump expresses support for an undivided Ukraine in a letter
to Lithuania's president, using language similar to that of his
predecessor Barack Obama, and seen as likely to be welcomed by
Kiev and North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies. 

    Trump says Iran President Hassan Rouhani "better be careful"
after Rouhani was quoted as saying that anyone who speaks to
Iranians with threats would regret it. 
    Trump pulls Elliott Abrams as a contender for the No. 2
position at the State Department after learning that the
Republican foreign policy veteran criticized him during the 2016
election campaign, sources say. 
    Tom Price is sworn in as U.S. secretary of health, which
Trump says will allow his administration to fulfill his pledge
to dismantle Obamacare and reshape the healthcare system.
    The Federal Reserve Board's top bank regulator says he will
resign, giving a boost to Trump's plans to ease reforms put in
place after the 2007-09 financial crisis. 

 (Compiled by Bill Trott and Jonathan Oatis; editing by Andrew
Hay, Grant McCool and G Crosse)
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