US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

11:30 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT participates in a Rolling to Remember Ceremony: Honoring Our Nation’s Veterans and POW/MIA | Blue Room Balcony

12:30 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT receives his intelligence briefing | Oval Office

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

9:25 a.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Washington, D.C., en route Marietta, GA, on Air Force Two

11:05 a.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Marietta, GA on Air Force Two

11:40 a.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT has lunch with Governor Kemp to discuss Georgia’s phased economic re-opening | Star Café

1:35 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT participates in a roundtable discussion with restaurant owners and executives | Waffle House Corporate Headquarters

4:45 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Marietta, GA en route Washington, D.C. on Air Force Two

6:10 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two

White House Press Briefing*

2:00 p.m. EDT – Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds a briefing | James S. Brady Briefing Room | On Camera

*The US President (POTUS) and Vice President’s (VPOTUS) daily schedules are subject to change, as is the White House press briefing.

Recap of Thursday, May 21, 2020

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

The White House

  • Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure (re: Michigan/flooding; Open Skies Treaty/Russia; Michael Cohen; Visit to Ford Plant/wearing mask; AstraZeneca award; Michigan/mail-in voting; Hong Kong/Chinese Parliament; G-7 Summit; hydroxychloroquine; NYT article/social distancing; upcoming Florida/NASA launch)
  • Text of a Letter to Certain Congressional Committees on the United States Strategic Approach to the People’s Republic of China; Link to report
  • Disaster Declaration: President Donald J. Trump Approves Michigan Emergency Declaration (re: flooding)
  • Disaster Declaration: President Donald J. Trump Approves Alabama Disaster Declaration (re: flooding)
  • Proclamation on Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2020
  • Nominations: Ten Nominations Sent to the Senate

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: Trump Administration’s Operation Warp Speed Accelerates AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine to be Available Beginning in October

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Press Release: DOD Statement on Open Skies Treaty Withdrawal (Russia)
  • Readout of Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper’s Phone Call With U.K. Secretary of State for Defense Ben Wallace
  • Advisory: Defense Secretary to Host Wreath Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day
  • Publication: Resuming Elective Surgical, Invasive, and Dental Procedures in Military Medical and Dental Treatment Facilities
  • Press Release: Resumption of Elective Surgery
  • Article: For Some, Teleworking May Continue as Post-COVID-19 Option
  • Article: Data Drives DOD, DLA Decisions on COVID-19 Medical Supplies
  • Contracts for May 21, 2020

Department of State

Daily Schedule | Friday, May 22

  • May 21: Statement | On the Treaty on Open Skies (Russia)
  • May 21: Transcript | Briefing with Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control Marshall Billingslea and Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation Dr. Christopher A. Ford On the Treaty on Open Skies
  • May 21: Transcript | Briefing With Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Tibor Nagy on U.S. Support for Combating COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • May 21: Readout | Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

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

Department of the Treasury

  • Remarks by Assistant Secretary Patel at the Exchequer Club
  • Press Release: Brian P. Brooks to Become Acting Comptroller of the Currency
  • Press Release: Publication of Amended Zimbabwe Sanctions Regulations

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

  • Press Release: Sex Offender, Human Smuggler Arrested by Border Patrol (California)
  • Press Release: Another Gun Seized By Border Patrol Agents After Failed Human Smuggling Attempt (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers Intercept Narcotics Worth Over $500K At The World Trade Bridge (Texas)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Arrests Individual with Felony Kidnapping/Human Trafficking Warrant (Texas)
  • Press Release: Nearly 1,000 lbs. of Drugs Seized by Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Agents (Texas)
  • Press Release: Convicted Criminals Arrested at the Border in the Rio Grande Valley (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers Seize 1,000 Counterfeit COVID-19 Test Kits And Other Non-compliant Items (Texas)
  • Press Release: Nearly $400,000 in Counterfeit Goods Seized (Michigan)
  • Press Release: 50 Pounds of Meth Hidden in Bars of Soap Seized by CBP Officers in Cincinnati (Ohio)
  • Press Release: CBP Announces Continued Temporary Closures – Small Boating Locations (New York)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: FEMA Approves COVID-19 Crisis Counseling for Wyoming
  • Press Release: Three Food Banks to Benefit from $5.7 million in FEMA Funding to the State of Kansas
  • Press Release: Photos of Whole-of-America COVID-19 Response
  • Press Release: President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Alabama
  • Press Release: Federal Aid Programs for the State of Alabama
  • Press Release: FEMA Issues Public Notice (Mississippi)
  • Press Release: President Donald J. Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for Michigan
  • Fact Sheet: Federal Aid Programs for the State of Michigan

Department of Justice

Daily Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Press Releases

  • Statement from Attorney General William P. Barr Regarding the U.S. Department of State Global CTO Roundtable on 5G Integrated and Open Networks
  • Press Release: Former Philadelphia Judge of Elections Convicted of Conspiring to Violate Civil Rights and Bribery
  • Press Release: Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives to Resume Remote Listening Sessions

Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR)

  • Press Release: USDA and USTR Announce Continued Progress on Implementation of U.S.-China Phase One Agreement

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release: USDA and USTR Announce Continued Progress on Implementation of U.S.-China Phase One Agreement
  • Press Release: USDA to Provide $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses and Ag Producers

Department of Commerce

  • Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross at the 2020 NOAA Hurricane Outlook
  • Blog: Spotlight on Commerce | Connie Africano Remoroza, Research Chemist, Mass Spectrometry Data Center, Biomolecular Measurement Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Department of Energy

  • Press Release: S. Department of Energy Announces $53 Million for Small Business Research and Development Grants

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report
  • Press Release: S. Postal Service in San Jose to Pay Back Wages to Employee Denied Paid Sick Leave to Care for Child Whose School Closed Due To Coronavirus
  • Press Release: Arizona School District Pays Back Wages After Denying Paid Sick Leave To Worker Caring for Children at Home While Coronavirus Closes School
  • Press Release: S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Glass Fabrication and Distribution Company for Unguarded Machinery and Other Safety Hazards
  • Press Release: S. Department of Labor Announces Rule to Better Deliver Retirement Plan Information Options, While Saving Billions of Dollars for Plans

Department of Education

  • Press Release: S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Names 161 Students as 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Synopsis of President Trump’s Tweets

  • May 21: [Ford Motor Company POTUS Tour Video]
  • May 21: “The Wacky Do Nothing Attorney General of Michigan, Dana Nessel, is viciously threatening Ford Motor Company for the fact that I inspected a Ventilator plant without a mask. Not their fault, & I did put on a mask. No wonder many auto companies left Michigan, until I came along!”
  • May 21: “Do nothing A.G. of the Great State of Michigan, Dana Nessel, should not be taking her anger and stupidity out on Ford Motor – they might get upset with you and leave the state, like so many other companies have – until I came along and brought business back to Michigan. JOBS!”
  • May 21: “No Voter Fraud!”  Retweet:  Laura Ingraham @IngrahamAngle · 13h · Democrats need to fam the flames of fear.  But if it’s safe enough to grocery shop, how is it not safe enough to vote?…
  • May 21: “USA will be bigger and stronger than ever before!”  Retweet:  Team Trump (Text TRUMP to 88022) @TeamTrump · 13h · New @CNBC poll in key electoral states….5,408 likely voters: AZ, FL, MI, NC, PA, WI….@realDonaldTrump leads @JoeBiden 48% to 46%….Trump job approval: 50%….Trump is +11% over Biden on the ECONOMY!
  • May 21: “Is this even possible to believe? Can this be for real? Where is this nursing home, how is the victim doing?”
  • May 21: “‘President Trump is leading Joe Biden (D) in the battleground state of Pennsylvania 50.2 percent to 45.5 percent…This is significant, as it reflects a 4.7 percent jump from the previous survey.’” [Breitbart article]
  • May 21: “96% Approval Rating in the Republican Party. Thank you!”
  • May 21: “Big day for JUSTICE. Congratulations John!”  Retweet:  Dan Scavino Jr. @Scavino45 · 20h · CONGRATULATIONS @ODNIgov Director John Ratcliffe!…
  • May 21: [Sean Hannity article]
  • May 21: “I will be lowering the flags on all Federal Buildings and National Monuments to half-staff over the next three days in memory of the Americans we have lost to the CoronaVirus….”
  • May 21: “….On Monday, the flags will be at half-staff in honor of the men and women in our Military who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice for our Nation.”
  • May 21: “Another $298M heading to @MTA, adding up to over $2B in federal funding from @USDOT so far, part of the $3.9B total from the CARES Act. This is critical to keeping essential personnel moving and aiding metro NYC in recovery. We are here for the people of New York!”
  • May 21: “DOJ: Democrats Paid Pennsylvania Election Officials to Stuff Ballot Box” via @BreitbartNews
  • May 21: “Many will disagree, but @FoxNews is doing nothing to help Republicans, and me, get re-elected on November 3rd. Sure, there are some truly GREAT people on Fox, but you also have some real “garbage” littered all over the network, people like Dummy Juan Williams, Schumerite Chris…”
  • May 21: “….Hahn, Richard Goodstein, Donna Brazile, Niel Cavuto, and many others. They repeat the worst of the Democrat speaking points, and lies. All of the good is totally nullified, and more. Net Result = BAD! CNN & MSDNC are all in for the Do Nothing Democrats! Fox WAS Great!”
  • May 21:  “Just departed the @WhiteHouse for the Great State of Michigan!”