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This report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

12:20 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Washington, D.C., en route to Detroit, MI

1:40 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport | Detroit, MI

2:10 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at Ford Rawsonville Plant | Ypsilanti, MI

2:15 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT participates in a listening session with African-American Leaders | Ypsilanti, MI

3:00 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT tours Ford Rawsonville Components Plant | Ypsilanti, MI

3:20 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at Ford Rawsonville Components Plant | Ypsilanti, MI

4:40 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Detroit, MI, en route to Washington, D.C.

6:15 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at the White House

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

2:30 p.m. – THE VICE PRESIDENT leads a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting | Situation Room

Looking ahead, Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to travel to Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday, May 22.  He is expected to have lunch with Governor Brian Kemp and participate in a roundtable with restaurant executives, before returning to Washington.  Vice President Pence is also expected to travel back to Florida next week for the first piloted SpaceX Crew Dragon launch for NASA on May 27.  It remains unclear whether President Trump will also attend the launch at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

*The US President (POTUS) and Vice President’s (VPOTUS) daily schedules are subject to change.

Recap of Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Note: All colored text denotes hyperlinks. Purple colored hyperlink spotlights COVID-19 developments.

The White House

  • Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting with Governor Hutchinson of Arkansas and Governor Kelly of Kansas
  • Presidential Memorandum on Providing Continued Federal Support for Governors’ Use of the National Guard to Respond to COVID-19 and to Facilitate Economic Recovery (re: Utah)
  • Text of a Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Stabilization of Iraq
  • Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate
  • Transcript: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany
  • Remarks by Vice President Pence After Visiting with Westminster Baldwin Park Leadership | Orlando, FL
  • Readout from the State and Local Stakeholder Call on COVID-19 Response
  • Appointments: President Donald J. Trump Announces Appointments for the Executive Office of the President
  • Nomination: President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominee
  • Presidential Message on Cuban Independence Day, 2020

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: Providers Must Act by June 3, 2020, to Receive Additional Relief Fund General Distribution Payment
  • Press Release: HHS Provides $225 Million for COVID-19 Testing in Rural Communities

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Press Release: Changing of Health Protection Condition Levels During COVID-19
  • Publication: Guidance for Commanders on Risk-Based Changing of Health Protection Condition Levels During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic
  • Article: Dover AFB to Serve as Key Hub in COVID-19 Fight
  • Article: As in Other Domains, U.S. Use of Electromagnetic Spectrum is Contested
  • Contracts for May 20, 2020

Department of State

Daily Schedule | Thursday, May 21

  • May 20: Statement | United States Provides Additional Assistance for the Crisis in Venezuela and the Region
  • May 20: Readout | Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Spanish Foreign Minister González Laya
  • May 20: Remarks | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability
  • May 20: Statement | Standing with the Iranian People
  • May 20: Statement | Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance
  • May 20: Statement | Cuban Independence Day
  • May 20: Statement | The Republic of Cameroon National Day
  • May 20: Statement | Passing of Ambassador Matthew J. Matthews

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East (via VTC)
  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Venezuela (via VTC)

Department of the Treasury

  • Statement of Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on the Announcement of the Re-Proposed Capital Rule for the Enterprises by the Federal Housing Finance Agency
  • Sanctions: Treasury Sanctions Iran’s Interior Minister and Senior Law Enforcement Officials in Connection with Serious Human Rights Abuses

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)/Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

  • Travel Advisory: Acting Secretary Wolf Traveling to Texas (May 21-22)
  • Fact Sheet | DHS Measures on the Border to Limit the Further Spread of Coronavirus
  • Press Release: CISA Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce (May 19)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers Seize Over Three Thousand Pounds of Marijuana in Broccoli Shipment at Pharr International Bridge (Texas)
  • Press Release: Utah Sex Offender Arrested By Border Patrol (Arizona)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers Apprehend Port Runner, Seize Meth Pills (New York)
  • Press Release: Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Rescues Two Men (Texas)
  • Press Release: Since Tuesday, RGV Agents Seize More than 500lbs. of Drugs (Texas)
  • Press Release: El Paso CBP Officers Seize Methamphetamine, Heroin, And Oxycodone In Two Seizures (Texas)
  • Press Release: Harrisburg CBP Disconnects Counterfeit Wireless PS4 Controllers from the U.S. Marketplace (Pennsylvania)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: FEMA Announces Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season
  • Press Release: FEMA Issues Public Notice (Mississippi)
  • Fact Sheet: Tornado-Damaged Houses of Worship May be Eligible for Federal Assistance
  • Fact Sheet: Questions and Answers About FEMA Disaster Assistance (Tennessee)
  • Press Release: Deadline to Register in Eastern Oregon Extended to July 2 (Oregon)
  • Press Release: FEMA Awards City of Dania Beach More Than $1.3 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses (Florida)
  • Press Release: FEMA Awards Sumter Electric Cooperative, Inc. Nearly $3.6 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses (Florida)

Department of Justice

Daily Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Press Releases

  • Press Release: Former Senior U.S. Navy Employee Charged for Role in Bribery Conspiracy and Lying to Investigators
  • Press Release: Justice Department Observes National Missing Children’s Day
  • Press Release: Justice Department Honors Louisiana Marshal with Missing Children’s Law Enforcement Award
  • Press Release: Justice Department Recognizes Florida Detectives with Missing Children’s Child Protection Award
  • Press Release: Justice Department Honors Florida Bus Driver for Return of Missing Child
  • Press Release: Justice Department Honors Wisconsin Task Force Director and Special Agent for Capture of Child Molester
  • Press Release: Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against Township of Jackson, New Jersey, and the Township’s Planning Board for Zoning Restrictions that Target the Orthodox Jewish Community

Department of Commerce

  • Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the 5th American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Meeting
  • Blog: Spotlight on Commerce | Jolene Lau, Communications Specialist, Pacific Islands Regional Office, NOAA Fisheries

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release:  USDA Approves Program to Feed Kids in Kentucky, Tennessee, and DC
  • Press Release: SNAP Online Purchasing to Cover 90% of Households

Department of Energy

  • Press Release: Department of Energy Announces $67 Million to Enhance Manufacturing Competitiveness Through Innovation
  • Press Release: Department of Energy Selects the University of Texas – San Antonio to Lead Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute
  • Press Release: Department of Energy to Resume Cleanup at Energy Technology Engineering Center
  • Congressional Testimony: Under Secretary Mark W. Menezes’ Opening Statement for Confirmation Hearing to be Deputy Secretary of Energy

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release: Air Travel Consumer Report | March 2020 and 1st Quarter 2020 Numbers
  • Press Release: S. Department of Transportation Announces up to a $120.1 Million Loan for the Gilcrease Expressway West Project in Tulsa, OK

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: S. Department of Labor Cites South Dakota Bull Stud Facility After Employee Asphyxiated While Handling Liquid Nitrogen
  • Press Release: S. Department of Labor Releases Quotes from Written Testimony from Postponed OSHA Hearing
  • Press Release: S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rule To Expand Access to Bonuses for American Workers

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Synopsis of President Trump’s Tweets

  • May 21: “Wow! Your tax dollars at work”  Retweet:  Rasmussen Reports @Rasmussen_Poll · 7h · FBI Offered To Pay Christopher Steele ‘Significantly’ To Dig Up Dirt On Michael Flynn via @dailycaller
  • May 20: “China is on a massive disinformation campaign because they are desperate to have Sleepy Joe Biden win the presidential race so they can continue to rip-off the United States, as they have done for decades, until I came along!”
  • May 20: “Spokesman speaks stupidly on behalf of China, trying desperately to deflect the pain and carnage that their country spread throughout the world. Its disinformation and propaganda attack on the United States and Europe is a disgrace….”
  • May 20: “….It all comes from the top. They could have easily stopped the plague, but they didn’t!”
  • May 20: “Great call with thousands of our Hispanic community, business, and faith leaders today. During this national trial, we have been uplifted by the grit, determination, prayers, and patriotism of Hispanic Americans….”
  • May 20: “….Together, we built the greatest economy in history. We will do it again – better than ever before!”
  • May 20: [Executive Order on Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery]
  • May 20: [Presidential Message on Cuban Independence Day, 2020]
  • May 20: “Michigan sends absentee ballot applications to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election. This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!”
  • May 20: “Crazy Bernie Sanders is not a fighter. He gives up too easy! The Dem establishment gets Alfred E. Newman (Mayor Pete) & @amyklobuchar to quit & endorse Sleepy Joe BEFORE Super Tuesday, & gets Pocahontas to stay in the race, taking thousands of votes from Bernie. He would have….”
  • May 20: “…beaten Sleepy Joe in a LANDSLIDE, every State, if these events didn’t happen. Even if Warren just dropped out, he would have easily won. Dems did it to him with Crooked Hillary and now, even more so…and Bernie doesn’t even complain. VOTE for Trump on TRADE, better than BS!”
  • May 20: “Congratulations to my daughter, Tiffany, on graduating from Georgetown Law. Great student, great school. Just what I need is a lawyer in the family. Proud of you Tiff!”
  • May 20: “The Tulsa, Oklahoma area has been approved for a transportation loan from the @USDOT of up to $120M to help expand highway on the Gilcrease Expressway West Project. This will mean less congestion and faster routes to popular spots! @GovStitt”
  • May 20: “We have sent our best Military & @FEMA Teams, already there. Governor must now “set you free” to help. Will be with you soon!”  Retweet:  Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump · 19h · My team is closely monitoring the flooding in Central Michigan – Stay SAFE and listen to local officials. Our brave First Responders are once again stepping up to serve their fellow citizens, THANK YOU!
  • May 20: “Great news for the Dallas area! Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will be receiving $229M in funding to keep front line workers, and the many riders that depend on transit, employed and safe. This will be critical to economic recovery!  @GregAbbott_TX @dartmedia”
  • May 20: “My team is closely monitoring the flooding in Central Michigan – Stay SAFE and listen to local officials. Our brave First Responders are once again stepping up to serve their fellow citizens, THANK YOU!”
  • May 20: “Now that our Country is ‘Transitioning back to Greatness’, I am considering rescheduling the G-7, on the same or similar date, in Washington, D.C., at the legendary Camp David. The other members are also beginning their COMEBACK. It would be a great sign to all – normalization!”
  • May 20: “State of Nevada “thinks” that they can send out illegal vote by mail ballots, creating a great Voter Fraud scenario for the State and the U.S. They can’t! If they do, “I think” I can hold up funds to the State. Sorry, but you must not cheat in elections. @RussVought45 @USTreasury”
  • May 20: “Some wacko in China just released a statement blaming everybody other than China for the Virus which has now killed hundreds of thousands of people. Please explain to this dope that it was the ‘incompetence of China’, and nothing else, that did this mass Worldwide killing!”
  • May 20:  “I said NO to a deal, Lou. If I would be willing to re-remember……they would recommend no jail time, & I said NO. This President needs to be re-elected, Lou. One of the greatest Presidents in my lifetime. I would never give false testimony against him.” Roger Stone  @LouDobbs ..”