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HIGHLIGHTS-The Trump presidency on Feb 20 at 4:15 p.m. EST/2115GMT

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

SECURITY

Trump names Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security adviser, again turning to the U.S. military to play a central role on his foreign policy team.


PROTESTS

Renewed protests against Trump flare on the Presidents Day holiday, with grassroots activists vowing to take to the streets in dozens of cities in "Not My President's Day" rallies.

The British government defends its decision to offer Trump a lavish state visit and an audience with the queen this year, defying protests outside parliament and dissent from lawmakers.


DIPLOMACY

Vice President Mike Pence assures the European Union in Brussels the Trump administration will develop their cooperation in trade and security and backs the EU as a partner in its own right.

The U.S. military is "not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says, distancing himself from remarks by Trump, as he holds talks with Iraqi leaders.

Trump expects by the end of the year "real progress" among NATO allies to step up their defense spending toward the minimum criteria of 2 percent of their economic output, Pence says.

The relationship between the United States and Japan will only get stronger after Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe forged a good rapport on the golf course, a U.S. congressman says.


MEDIA

Trump believes in a free and independent press but he will not hesitate to point out flawed reporting, Pence says.


(Compiled by Peter Cooney; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)