March 22, 2017 / 8:03 PM / a year ago

HIGHLIGHTS-The Trump presidency on March 22 at 8:50 P.M. EDT/March 23 0050 GMT

March 22 (Reuters) - Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday:


The Republican chairman of the House of Representatives intelligence committee sets off a political firestorm when he says the communications of members of Trump’s transition team were caught up in incidental surveillance targeting foreigners.

The main investigative panel of the House of Representatives has asked the White House and the FBI for documents regarding former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s foreign contacts with Russia, Turkey and others, its Republican chairman and Democratic counterpart say.


Trump and House of Representatives leaders push for votes for their plan to overhaul Obamacare and appear to make progress in their efforts to win over conservative Republicans who have demanded changes to the legislation.


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, speaking at a meeting of countries fighting Islamic State, says the United States will set up “interim zones of stability” to help refugees return home in the next phase of the fight against Islamic State and al Qaeda.

U.S.-led coalition aircraft drops fighters for the first time into an area near the Syrian city of Raqqa to retake territory from Islamic State in a mission that includes artillery and special operations troops.


Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch says presidents must obey court orders and expresses uncertainty about language in the Constitution barring U.S. government officials from taking payments from a foreign country as Democrats grill him on issues involving Trump.


Labor Secretary nominee R. Alexander Acosta tells a Senate committee he will abide by Trump’s directive to review a pending “fiduciary rule” for retirement investment advisers, indicating he believed it goes too far.


The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will meet with Tillerson to discuss the administration’s proposed budget, the panel’s chairman says, after heated opposition in Congress to Trump’s plan to slash funding for diplomacy and foreign aid.


The Senate takes up a measure to repeal regulations adopted by the Obama administration requiring internet service providers to do more to protect customers’ privacy than websites like Alphabet Inc’s Google or Facebook Inc.


Leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus meet with Trump about infrastructure and reducing urban crime, calling the sit-down a “positive” first step toward finding common ground. (Compiled by Bill Trott and Jonathan Oatis; Editing by James Dalgleish and Peter Cooney)

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