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HIGHLIGHTS-The Trump presidency on Feb. 19 at 3:45 p.m. EST/2045 GMT

Feb 19 (Reuters) - Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Sunday:


Trump's next pick for national security adviser will have autonomy over staffing and key decisions, the White House says as it scrambles to fill the post following the turbulent departure of Michael Flynn.


The Department of Homeland Security has prepared new guidance for immigration agents aimed at speeding up deportations by denying asylum claims earlier in the process.


U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis distances himself from Trump's assessment of the media as "the enemy of the American people," saying during his first trip to the Middle East that he has no problems with the press.


One month into Trump's presidency, his most senior Cabinet members were deployed to Brussels, Bonn and Munich this week to reassure nervous Europeans that everything would be OK. But if the aim of the visits was to reassure Europe that the pillars of U.S. foreign policy are fully intact, they fell short of the mark, European diplomats, politicians and analysts say.

The Swedish Embassy in Washington has asked the U.S. State Department for an explanation of a comment made by Trump that suggested there had been some sort of security incident in Sweden on Friday.


Trump's administration is mulling changes to how it calculates U.S. trade deficits in a way that would likely help bolster political arguments to renegotiate key trade deals, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people involved in the discussions.

(Compiled by Peter Cooney; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)