(Reuters) – Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday:
RUSSIA AND SURVEILLANCE
The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee denies there was a wiretap on Trump Tower in New York but says it was possible other surveillance was used against Trump.
SUPREME COURT NOMINEE
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will face tough scrutiny at his Senate confirmation hearing on Monday, with Democrats seeking to make the case that he is a pro-business social conservative insufficiently independent of the president. [L2N1GX0FN]
The U.S. House of Representatives Rules Committee announces it will hold a final hearing on the Republican healthcare bill on Wednesday, a day before lawmakers are expected to vote on the legislation.
U.S. officials are taking fingerprints of asylum seekers in an Australian-run camp on the Pacific island of Nauru, signaling that vetting of applicants for resettlement in what Trump calls a “dumb deal” has restarted.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says a G7 leaders’ summit in May will be a good opportunity to address differences with Trump on how to secure free trade while making commerce fairer.
G20 officials who interacted with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at a weekend meeting in Germany opted not to challenge him on the Trump administration’s protectionism language.
The Chinese government is seeking advice from its think tanks and policy advisers on how to counter potential trade penalties from Trump, preparing for the worst even as it hopes for business-like negotiations.
Taiwan’s government, worried about being used as a pawn by China and the United States, says it must protect its own interests as concerns in Taipei rise ahead of an expected meeting of U.S and Chinese leaders.
After Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s weekend visit to Beijing, China is preparing for a meeting of Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Foreign Ministry says.
Trump’s outspoken doubts about climate change and his administration’s efforts to roll back regulation to combat it stir a sleepy faction in U.S. politics: the Republican environmental movement.
(Compiled by Bill Trott; Editing by W Simon and Meredith Mazzilli)