The Trump presidency on March 24 at 2:05 P.M. EDT

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Posted: Mar 24, 2017 9:07 AM

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

HEALTHCARE

Republicans in Congress say they lack the votes to pass their U.S. healthcare system overhaul, and a key committee chairman came out in opposition after Trump demanded a vote in a gamble that could hobble his presidency.

Steadfast opposition from the House of Representatives' conservative Freedom Caucus, as well as Republican moderates, has put Trump's art-of-the-deal skills to the test.

SURVEILLANCE

The head of the House Intelligence Committee cancels a planned public hearing in its probe of allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, saying the panel needed to hear from directors of the FBI and the National Security Agency in a closed session instead.

PIPELINE

Trump's administration approves TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline, cheering the oil industry and angering environmentalists even as further hurdles for the controversial project loom.

ECONOMY

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says financial markets could improve "significantly" once they fully reflect the potential for economic growth from Trump's economic policies.

TRAVEL BAN

A federal judge in Virginia rules that Trump's travel ban was justified, increasing the likelihood the measure will go before the Supreme Court as the decision takes an opposing view to courts in Maryland and Hawaii that have halted the order.

JOBS

Trump touts Charter Communications Inc's decision to invest $25 billion in the United States and its previously disclosed plan to hire 20,000 workers over four years.

(Compiled by Bill Trott and Jonathan Oatis; Editing by Dan Grebler and Leslie Adler)