(Reuters) - Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Friday:
RUSSIA AND THE U.S. ELECTION
Trump backs a decision by his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, to seek immunity in congressional investigations of possible ties between his campaign and Russia, but there is no immediate sign the request would be granted.
SUPREME COURT NOMINEE
Two Democratic senators voice opposition to Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, ahead of an expected contentious confirmation fight next week on the Senate floor.
The Trump administration slams China on a range of trade issues from its chronic industrial overcapacity to forced technology transfers and longstanding bans on U.S. beef and electronic payment services. Beijing seeks to play down tensions with the United States and put on a positive face ahead of President Xi Jinping's first meeting with Trump next week.
Trump will sign executive orders on Friday aimed at identifying abuses that are causing massive U.S. trade deficits and clamping down on nonpayment of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on imports, his top trade officials say.
Trump has neither a clear White House tax plan nor adequate staff yet to see through a planned tax overhaul, according to interviews with people in the administration, in Congress and among U.S. tax experts.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's scientific integrity watchdog is reviewing whether EPA chief Scott Pruitt violated the agency's policies when he said in a television interview he does not believe carbon dioxide is driving global climate change, according to an email seen by Reuters.
Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says that the deep budget cuts to foreign aid and diplomacy proposed by Trump to fund increased military spending would make the United States and the world less safe.
Trump will seek to rebuild the U.S. relationship with Egypt at a meeting on Monday with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi focused on security issues and military aid, a senior White House official says.
Trump will host Jordan's King Abdullah at the White House next week to discuss the fight against Islamic State militants, the Syria crisis and advancing peace between Israelis and Palestinians, the White House says in a statement.
A U.S. judge approves a $25 million settlement to resolve a class action lawsuit that claimed fraud against Trump and his Trump University real estate seminars.
(Compiled by Jonathan Oatis; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Grant McCool)