March 13 Highlights of the day for U.S.
President Donald Trump's administration on Monday:
Trump says that under the Republican health insurance
proposal to replace Obamacare Americans will be able to pick the
coverage plan and the doctors they want.
For months, Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have
engaged in an uneasy long-distance skirmish over policy and
values. On Tuesday they meet for the first time in an encounter
that will be watched by governments around the world for clues
about the future of the trans-Atlantic alliance.
Ahead of her trip to Washington, Merkel tells business
leaders in Munich that free trade is important for both the
United States and Germany.
Bosses of German companies, including engineering company
Siemens and automaker BMW, will travel with
Merkel to meet Trump, sources tell Reuters.
Talks between German officials and the Trump administration
suggest that there will be close cooperation between the two
countries on policy toward Russia, a senior German government
Trump is planning to host Chinese President Xi Jinping at a
two-day summit next month, according to media reports, as his
administration seeks to smooth relations with the world's
Vice President Mike Pence will visit Japan and Indonesia as
part of an Asian tour next month, sources say, amid concerns the
Trump administration is rolling back Barack Obama's "pivot to
Trump is expected to announce a restart of a review of
vehicle fuel efficiency rules sought by the auto industry at an
event on Wednesday with the chief executives of U.S. automakers,
Trump on Thursday unveils his 2018 budget emphasizing a
military buildup, and some Republicans are concerned they will
be forced to choose between opposing the president or backing
reductions in popular programs such as aid for disabled children
and hot meals for the elderly.
It is not surprising that Obama political appointees would
leave the Justice Department now led by Republicans. What is
unusual is how fast they have signed up to be Trump adversaries.
The administration's firing of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara
of the Southern District of New York in Manhattan has sent
shockwaves through New York, but veterans of the office expect
its longstanding mission of cracking down on political
corruption and Wall Street wrongdoing to remain intact.
(Compiled by Bill Trott; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Frances