Highlights: The Trump presidency on March 13 at 2:10 p.m. EDT

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Posted: Mar 13, 2017 2:21 PM

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

HEALTHCARE

Trump says that under the Republican health insurance proposal to replace Obamacare, Americans will be able to pick the coverage plan and the doctors they want.

GERMANY

Trump's meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been pushed back from Tuesday until Friday because of the winter storm bearing down on the northeastern United States, the White House says.

Ahead of her trip to Washington, Merkel tells business leaders in Munich that free trade is important for both the United States and Germany.

Talks between German officials and the Trump administration suggest that there will be close cooperation between the two countries on policy toward Russia, a senior German government official says.

CHINA

Trump is planning to host Chinese President Xi Jinping at a two-day summit next month, according to media reports, as his administration seeks to smooth relations with the world's second-largest economy.

ASIAN ALLIES

Vice President Mike Pence will visit Japan and Indonesia as part of an Asian tour next month, sources say, amid concerns the Trump administration is rolling back Barack Obama's "pivot to Asia."

AUTO STANDARDS

Trump is expected to announce a restart of a review of vehicle fuel efficiency rules sought by the auto industry at an event on Wednesday with the chief executives of U.S. automakers, sources say.

BUDGET

Trump on Thursday unveils his 2018 budget emphasizing a military buildup, and some Republicans are concerned they will be forced to choose between opposing the president or backing reductions in popular programs such as aid for disabled children and hot meals for the elderly.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

It is not surprising that Obama political appointees would leave the Justice Department now led by Republicans. What is unusual is how fast they have signed up to be Trump adversaries.

The administration's firing of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District of New York in Manhattan came as a shock to many but veterans of the office expect its longstanding mission of cracking down on political corruption and Wall Street wrongdoing to remain intact.

(Compiled by Bill Trott; Editing by Jonathan Oatis, Frances Kerry and Grant McCool)