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HIGHLIGHTS-The Trump presidency on April 21 at 2:45 p.m. EDT/1845 GMT
April 21 (Reuters) - Highlights for U.S. President Donald
Trump's administration on Friday:
South Korea says it is on heightened alert ahead of another
important anniversary in North Korea, with a large concentration
of military hardware amassed on both sides of the border amid
concerns about a new nuclear test by Pyongyang.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Syria has dispersed its
warplanes in recent days and that it retains chemical weapons,
an issue he says will have to be taken up diplomatically.
The United States will not make an exception for American
companies, including oil major Exxon Mobil Corp , seeking
to drill in areas prohibited by U.S. sanctions on Russia,
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says.
Trump and his fellow Republicans who control Congress face
their first major budget test next week, with the threat of a
government shutdown potentially hinging on his proposed Mexican
border wall as well as Obamacare funding.
Trump, striving to make good on a top campaign promise, is
pushing the Republican-led Congress to pass revamped healthcare
legislation, but the same intraparty squabbling that torpedoed
it last month could do it again.
The House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, which
is investigating Russia's involvement in the 2016 election, says
it has invited the directors of the FBI and the National
Security Agency to appear at a closed hearing on May 2.
Trump will order the Treasury Department on Friday to
examine two powers given to regulators after the 2008 financial
crisis to police large financial firms, Mnuchin says.
Trump on Friday will order the Treasury to review Obama-era
rules written to discourage U.S. companies from moving their
headquarters overseas to cut their tax bills, Mnuchin says.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres meets with Trump at
the White House for the first time since both took office
earlier this year and amid a U.S. push to cut funding to the
world body and its agencies.
FREED CHARITY WORKER
Trump welcomes home an Egyptian-American charity worker
whose release from jail in Egypt was sought by Trump when he met
Egypt's president this month.
Trump's first shot across China's bow over its steel exports
escalates a years-long brawl over trade between the world's top
South Korea plans to raise the issue of U.S. restrictions on
steel imports at World Trade Organization committee meetings
next week, its trade ministry says.
(Compiled by Jonathan Oatis; Editing by Andrew Hay and Tom
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