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HIGHLIGHTS-The Trump presidency on March 7 at 9:57 p.m. EST/March 8 0257 GMT
March 7, 2017 / 4:21 PM / 9 months ago

HIGHLIGHTS-The Trump presidency on March 7 at 9:57 p.m. EST/March 8 0257 GMT

    March 7 (Reuters) - Highlights of the day for U.S. President
Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday:
    Trump endorses Republican legislation to replace the
Obamacare healthcare law, but it faces a rebellion by
conservative groups and lawmakers who denounce it, complicating
its chances for congressional approval.              
    The House Republican health insurance plan suggests
post-Obamacare health insurance will be less affordable,
investors, insurers and industry sources say, raising questions
about future enrollment and insurance company participation.
    Large U.S. pharmaceutical and biotechnology company shares
sell off after Trump says he is working on a system to reduce
drug prices.             
    The state of Hawaii says it will ask a federal court on
Wednesday for an emergency halt to Trump's new executive order
restricting travel from six Muslim-majority countries, becoming
the first state to challenge the ban in court.             
    The Department of Justice says it will voluntarily dismiss
its own appeal of a Seattle federal court ruling that had
suspended Trump's first executive order concerning travel from
seven Muslim-majority countries.             
    White House spokesman Sean Spicer says he has no reason to
think Trump does not support FBI Director James Comey after a
dispute over the president's allegation without evidence that he
was wiretapped last year.             
    The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives
intelligence committee says he has seen no evidence to support
Trump's allegation he was wiretapped by then-President Barack
Obama during the 2016 presidential campaign.             
    Trump will nominate Washington lawyer Noel Francisco to be
solicitor general, the government's top advocate before the U.S.
Supreme Court, the White House says.             
    The lawyer who will take over an investigation into Russian
meddling in the U.S. presidential election, if he wins Senate
confirmation to become deputy attorney general, rebuffs
Democrats' demands for the appointment of a special prosecutor
in the case.             
    The United States starts deploying the first elements of its
advanced anti-missile defense system in South Korea after North
Korea's test of four ballistic missiles, U.S. Pacific Command
says, despite angry opposition from China.             
    Trump's aides are pressing to complete a strategy review on
how to counter Pyongyang's missile and nuclear threats, senior
administration officials say.             
    The Trump administration pledges in a statement to show
"great strictness" over restrictions on Iran's nuclear
activities imposed by a deal with major powers but gives little
indication of what that might mean for the agreement.


 (Compiled by Bill Trott and Jonathan Oatis; Editing by James
Dalgleish and Peter Cooney)

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