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HIGHLIGHTS-The Trump presidency on April 21 at 3:40 p.m. EDT/1940 GMT

April 21 (Reuters) - Highlights for U.S. President Donald
Trump's administration on Friday:

NORTH KOREA
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.

FINANCIAL REGULATION
Trump, signing executive orders calling for a re-examination
of some Obama-era financial regulations, says he will have a
major tax reform announcement next week.

HEALTHCARE
Trump says there is no "rush" to get a vote on healthcare
reform in Congress before he reaches his 100th day in office
next weekend.

SYRIA
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.

EXXON MOBIL
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.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
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.

RUSSIA
The House of Representatives Intelligence Committee says it
has invited FBI, National Security Agency and Obama
administration officials to testify as it restarts its
investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S.
election.

UNITED NATIONS
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.

TRADE
Trump's first shot across China's bow over its steel exports
escalates a years-long brawl over trade between the world's top
two economies.
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 Tom Brown and Cynthia
Osterman)

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