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*

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

11:45 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT receives his intelligence briefing | Oval Office

4:00 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on Rolling Back Regulations to Help All Americans | South Lawn

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

4:00 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT joins THE PRESIDENT for remarks on Rolling Back Regulations to Help All Americans | South Lawn

Looking Ahead: Vice President Mike Pence is set to visit Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on Friday, July 17, 2020.

Recap of Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Note: All bold hyperlinks spotlight COVID-19 and reopening developments.

The White House

  • Remarks by President Trump on the Rebuilding of America’s Infrastructure: Faster, Better, Stronger | Atlanta, GA
  • Fact Sheet: President Donald J. Trump Is Modernizing Federal Environmental Reviews to Accelerate America’s Infrastructure Development
  • Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure
  • Remarks by President Trump in Briefing on Keeping American Communities Safe: The Takedown of Key MS-13 Criminal Leaders
  • Readout from First Lady Melania Trump’s Visit to Engine Company 9 Fire Station
  • Readout of Second Lady Karen Pence’s Visit to Baltimore’s Crisis Response, Inc.

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Advisory: Secretary Esper Travels to Naval Air Station Oceana Dam Neck Annex (July 16, 2020)
  • Article: General Praises U.K.’s Partnership With U.S. in Space Operations
  • Press Release: Secretary Mark T. Esper Provides Update on Department Efforts to Address Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity in the Military Services
  • Article: Esper Thanks Diversity, Inclusion Board for Tackling Tough Subjects
  • Publication: Immediate Actions to Address Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity in the Military Services
  • Press Release: U.S. Navy Amphibious Assault Ship USS Tripoli Joins the Fleet
  • Publication: COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Installation Status Update, July 15, 2020
  • Advisory: Top DOD Officials to Hold Virtual Town Hall Meeting (July 17, 2020)
  • Article: DISA Boosts Telework Connections in Response to Pandemic
  • Contracts for July 15, 2020

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Thursday, July 16
  • July 15: Remarks | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability
  • July 15: SecState Remarks to the Economic Club of New York
  • July 15: Statement | On the President’s Announcement on Hong Kong
  • July 15: Statement | United States and Pakistan to Become Partners under the Hague Abduction Convention
  • July 15: Sanctions | The United States Imposes Sanctions on Russian Financier’s Global Sanctions Evasion Network
  • July 15: Sanctions | Updated Public Guidance for Section 232 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA)
  • July 15: Sanctions | The United States and Six Member States of TFTC Target ISIS-Linked Financial Network
  • July 15: Sanctions | U.S. Department of State Imposes Visa Restrictions on Guyanese Individuals Undermining Democracy
  • July 15: Sanctions | U.S. Imposes Visa Restrictions on Certain Employees of Chinese Technology Companies that Abuse Human Rights
  • July 15: Statement | New Humanitarian and Health Assistance Bolsters U.S. Leadership in Response to COVID-19
  • July 15: Interview | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Bob Cusack, Editor-in-Chief of The Hill
  • July 15: Interview | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Simon Conway of The Simon Conway Show
  • July 15: Statement | Pan American Health Organization Transparency (re: Cuba)
  • July 15: Advisory | Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to the UK and Denmark (July 20-22, 2020)

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo | New Humanitarian and Health Assistance Bolsters U.S. Leadership in Response to COVID-19

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at an Arria-Formula Meeting on Natural Resources in the Great Lakes (via VTC)
  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Yemen (via VTC)

Department of the Treasury

  • Readout from a Treasury Spokesperson of Secretary Mnuchin’s call with the Finance Ministers of Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom
  • Readout of Joint Call of Finance Ministers
  • Sanctions: Treasury Targets Financier’s Illicit Sanctions Evasion Activity
  • Sanctions: Terrorist Financing Targeting Center Sanctions Network of ISIS-Linked Financial Facilitators and Money Services Businesses

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: The Department of Justice Announces Takedown of Key MS-13 Criminal Leadership
  • Press Release: Department of Justice Seeks Recovery of Approximately $3.5 Million in Corruption Proceeds Linked to Ex-President of The Gambia
  • Press Release: Justice Department Files Civil Action to Shut Down Chicago Area Tax Return Preparer
  • Press Release: Former Federal Corrections Officer Sentenced for Lying to Federal Authorities

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

  • Press Release: CBP Seizes Shipment of Rifle Parts at Port of Seattle (Washington)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers Save Mexican National from Non-Factory Compartment in Vehicle at Border (California)
  • Press Release: Yuma Sector Agents Rescue Stranded Motorist (Arizona)
  • Press Release: BP Agents Save Man’s Life with CPR (Arizona)
  • Press Release: U.S. Border Patrol Thwarts Multiple Smuggling Attempts (New Mexico)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers Intercept Hard Narcotics Worth Over $3 Million At The World Trade Bridge (Texas)
  • Press Release: USBP NOLA Sector gets new hurricane relief capability (Louisiana)
  • Press Release: CBP Mobile intercepts 120K in unapproved sanitary wipes (Alabama)
  • Press Release: Niagara River Rescue (New York)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: Where to Go When FEMA Can’t Help? Government Tops the List (Mississippi)
  • Press Release: What to Expect After You Register with FEMA (Michigan)
  • Press Release: Federal Disaster Assistance for Puerto Rico Earthquakes Tops $104 Million (Puerto Rico)
  • Press Release: After a Wildfire, The Time to Buy Flood Insurance is Now! (Colorado)

Department of Commerce

  • Statement by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Schrems II Ruling and the Importance of EU-U.S. Data Flows

US International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release: USITC Requests $2.75 Million Continuing Resolution Anomaly to Implement the USMCA

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release: Chairman Reed Underscores EXIM Commitment to U.S. Exporters with More Than 50 Houston Business Leaders
  • Press Release: Chairman Reed Outlines Small-Business Export Financing Opportunities During Remarks to National Association of Credit Union Service Organizations

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release:  USDA Posts the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s Final Report
  • Press Release:  Trump Administration Invests $153 Million in Rural Community Facilities in 23 States

Department of Energy

  • Press Release: Department of Energy Announces $19 Million for New Atmospheric Research

Department of Interior

  • Press Release: Commonsense Reforms to Federal Reviews Key to Economic Prosperity
  • Press Release: Trump Administration Launches Inaugural Meeting of the Task Force for Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Seeks Public Input on Effectiveness And Impact of Paid Family Leave on Women and Families
  • Press Release: Federal Aerospace Contractor to Pay $250,000 to 76 Female Employees At Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Facility to Resolve Pay Discrimination Allegations
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Offers Webinars for Business Owners, Employers and Other Stakeholders on Coronavirus-Related Paid Leave
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Offers Webinar for Business Owners, Employers and Other Stakeholders on Coronavirus-Related Paid Leave
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Cites Georgia Telecommunications Contractor For Exposing Employees to Excavation Hazards After Fatal Incident
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Orders Southern California Trucking Company To Reinstate Employee Terminated for Refusing to Drive Overweight Vehicle
  • Press Release: Court Finds Massachusetts Companies and Officers in Contempt For Withholding from Employees More Than $1 Million in Back Wages

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • Prepared Remarks from HHS Media Call with CDC Director Redfield and CIO Arrieta on COVID-19 Data Collection

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | Daily Roundup July 15, 2020

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Synopsis of President Trump’s Tweets

  • July 15: “THANK YOU @NAPOpolice and their 241,000 brave law enforcement members for a FULL & COMPLETE ENDORSEMENT! I will ALWAYS back the men and women in blue, and never let you down. LAW AND ORDER will prevail! #LESM”  Retweet:  NAPO @NAPOpolice  13h · NAPO has endorsed President Trump in his reelection campaign. Here is our endorsement letter which was issued following today’s meeting.

  • July 15: “I am pleased to announce that Bill Stepien has been promoted to the role of Trump Campaign Manager. Brad Parscale, who has been with me for a very long time and has led our tremendous digital and data strategies, will remain in that role, while being a Senior Advisor to the…”
  • July 15: “…campaign. Both were heavily involved in our historic 2016 win, and I look forward to having a big and very important second win together. This one should be a lot easier as our poll numbers are rising fast, the economy is getting better, vaccines and therapeutics will soon…”
  • July 15: “…be on the way, and Americans want safe streets and communities!”
  • July 15: “سه نفر در ایران برای شرکت کردن در تظاهرات محکوم به مرگ شده اند. اعدام آنها در هر لحظه قابل انتظار است. اعدام این سه نفر پیامی اسفناک به دنیا می فرستد و نباید انجام شود. #اعدام_نکنید”
  • July 15: “Three individuals were sentenced to death in Iran for participating in protests. The execution is expected momentarily. Executing these three people sends a terrible signal to the world and should not be done! #StopExecutionsInIran”
  • July 15: “Joe Biden and the Radical Left want to Abolish Police, Abolish ICE, Abolish Bail, Abolish Suburbs, Abolish the 2nd Amendment – and Abolish the American Way of Life. No one will be SAFE in Joe Biden’s America!”
  • July 15: “The Biden-Sanders unity plan takes a sledgehammer to charter schools, punishing students for their zip codes. No one will be SAFE in Joe Biden’s America!”