Highlights: The Trump presidency on February 1 at 5:00 P.M. EST/2200 GMT

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


Trump urges Senate Republicans to "go nuclear" and invoke a rule change to force a simple majority vote toward confirmation if Democrats block his U.S. Supreme Court nominee.


Public refusals by two U.S. Senate Republicans to support Betsy DeVos, Trump's pick for education secretary, raise the possibility of a rare congressional rejection of a Cabinet nominee.

The Senate confirms Rex Tillerson as secretary of state while committees approve Jeff Sessions, one of Trump's most controversial Cabinet selections, as attorney general, as well as two other nominees.

Evangelical Christian leader Jerry Falwell Jr. will head an education reform task force under Trump and is eager to cut university regulations, including rules on dealing with campus sexual assault.


U.N. human rights experts warn that asylum seekers could face torture if not given haven and the Vatican calls for openness to other cultures, adding to a drumbeat of criticism of Trump's travel curbs.

Trump's travel restrictions on people from seven countries could dampen international enrollment at U.S. colleges, at a time when they have become increasingly reliant on tuition revenue from overseas students.


National security adviser Michael Flynn delivers a tough warning to Iran for test-firing a ballistic missile and declares "we are officially putting Iran on notice" for what he called a provocation.

Defense Secretary James Mattis is expected to underscore security commitments to South Korea and Japan on his debut trip to Asia this week as concerns mount over North Korea's missile program and tensions with China.


Rex Tillerson, confirmed as secretary of state on Wednesday, saw his job became harder before it even began because of administration moves that have antagonized Muslim nations, European allies, Mexico and U.S. bureaucrats.


A memo signed by 900 State Department employees objecting to Trump's immigration plan is just one example of resistance spreading through the federal bureaucracy.


Britain's closest European Union allies are galled by Prime Minister Theresa May's embrace of Trump and fear London is tilting too heavily toward him ahead of Brexit.


A pastor who met with Trump says the president will take a "proactive" approach to dealing with violence in Chicago that does not involve simply locking people up.

(Compiled by Bill Trott, Jonathan Oatis and Peter Cooney; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and James Dalgleish)


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