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HIGHLIGHTS-The Trump presidency on March 20 at 8:45 A.M. EDT/1245 GMT

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  1. March 20 (Reuters) - Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Monday:

    RUSSIA The directors of the FBI and National Security Agency will break their public silence on Monday about investigations into possible links between Russia and Trump's election campaign at a rare open congressional intelligence committee hearing.


    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.

    REFUGEES 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.

    TRADE 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.

    CHINA The Chinese government is seeking advice from its think-tanks and policy advisers on how to counter potential trade penalties from Trump, getting ready 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 now preparing for a meeting of Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Foreign Ministry says.

    CLIMATE CHANGE Trump's outspoken doubts about climate change and his administration's efforts to roll back regulation to combat it have stirred a sleepy faction in U.S. politic the Republican environmental movement.

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