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.

Saturday & Sunday, July 18-19, 2020

THE PRESIDENT has no public events scheduled.

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

Saturday & Sunday, July 18-19, 2020

THE VICE PRESIDENT has no public events scheduled.

Recap of Friday, July 17, 2020

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

The White House

  • Presidential Memorandum: Presidential Determination on the Continuation of U.S. Drug Interdiction Assistance to the Government of Colombia
  • Remarks by Vice President Pence in a Roundtable on USMCA | Onalaska, Wisconsin
  • Remarks by Vice President Pence on the Dangers of Socialism | Ripon, Wisconsin
  • Nominations/Appointments: President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts (State, USAID)
  • Proclamation on Captive Nations Week, 2020
  • Press Release: Spring 2021 White House Internship Program

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Press Release: Defense Department Announces New Director for Defense Commissary Agency
  • Publication: National Defense Strategy (NDS) First Year Accomplishments
  • Press Release: Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper Guidance on Public Display or Depiction of Flags in the Department of Defense
  • Publication: Public Display or Depiction of Flags in the Department of Defense
  • Press Release: DOD Announces $36.9 Million in Defense Production Act Title III COVID-19 Actions
  • Article: Soldiers Describe Initial COVID-19 Fight
  • Article: DOD Takes Action to Support Diversity, Inclusion
  • Contracts for July 17, 2020

Department of State

  • July 17: SecState Remarks | My Faith, My Work, My Country
  • July 17: Statement | European Court of Justice Invalidates EU-U.S. Privacy Shield
  • July 17: Sanctions | Designation of PRC Foreign Nationals and Entities under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act
  • July 17: Sanctions | The United States Sanctions Two Individuals and Two Entities Related to Corruption in Nicaragua

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at the UN Security Council High-Level Annual Open Debate on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (via VTC)

Department of the Treasury

  • Congressional Testimony: Statement of Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin Department of the Treasury Before the Committee on Small Business United States House of Representatives July 17, 2020
  • Statement from Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on the Expansion of the Main Street Lending Program to Support Lending to Nonprofit Organizations
  • Joint Statement on the EU-U.S. Financial Regulatory Forum
  • Sanctions: Treasury Targets Chinese Persons Involved with Drug Trafficking Organization Moving Fentanyl
  • Sanctions: Treasury Sanctions Members of Nicaragua President Ortega’s Inner Circle

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: SEC Files Fraud Charges Against Co-Founder of IIG

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Speech: Transcript of Attorney General Barr’s Remarks on China Policy at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
  • Press Release: Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security Announce Plan to Restart Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) Hearings
  • Press Release: Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Announces Virtual Consultations
  • Statement by Department of Justice Spokesperson Kerri Kupec on the Execution of Dustin Lee Honken
  • Press Release: Ukrainian Men Plead Guilty to Conspiracy and Trafficking of Counterfeit Cancer and Hepatitis Drugs

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

  • Press Release: Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice Announce Plan to Restart MPP Hearings
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Seizes Meth Packages (California)
  • Press Release: Agents Rescue Woman and Juvenile Abandoned by Smugglers (California)
  • Press Release: CBP temporarily changes hours of Operation at Port of Sarles, North Dakota
  • Press Release: Highly Potent Opioid Seized by CBP Officers in Louisville (Kentucky)
  • Press Release: CBP Inter-agency Efforts Lead to 43 Migrant Apprehensions (Florida)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol, FURA Seize 80 Pounds of Cocaine and 6 Pounds of Fentanyl from 5 Aliens from the Dominican Republic Attempting entry into Puerto Rico

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: FEMA Awards Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County More Than $1.7 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses (Florida)
  • Press Release: What You Need to Know About FEMA’s Inspection Process (Michigan)

Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR)

  • Press Release: Federal Agencies to Hold Virtual Hearings on Seasonal and Perishable Produce
  • Press Release: USDA, USTR Name New Agricultural Trade Advisors

Department of Commerce

  • Blog: July 2020 Updates Show Department of Commerce Making Progress Toward Accomplishing All Agency Priority Goals

US International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release: USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Percussive Massage Devices

Department of Energy

  • Press Release: Secretary Dan Brouillette and Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Release Joint Statement on the Virtual U.S.-India Strategic Energy Partnership Ministerial
  • Press Release: DOE Invests $118 Million in 21st Century Technologies for Carbon-Neutral Electricity and Hydrogen Produced from Coal

Department of Interior

  • Press Release: WTAS | Commonsense Reforms to Federal Reviews Key to Economic Prosperity

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release: U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Makes Appointments to Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia Addresses Economic Re-opening And Workplace Safety During Visit to North Carolina
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Announces Up to $400,000 Available In Brookwood-Sago Grants for Mine Safety Education and Training

Department of Education

  • Press Release: Secretary DeVos Launches New Grant Competition to Promote Education Choice for Native American Students

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: HHS To Begin Distributing $10 Billion in Additional Funding to Hospitals in High Impact COVID-19 Areas

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | Daily Roundup July 17, 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 18: “Great job Tammy!”  Retweet:  Tammy Bruce @HeyTammyBruce · 14h · My thanks to all of you for being with me as I guest hosted @seanhannity tonight. And a special thanks to Sean & his team for trusting me w his chair. And to my guests for being so gracious to join me
  • July 17: “Corrupt Joe Biden wants to defund our police. He may use different words, but when you look at his pact with Crazy Bernie, and other things, that’s what he wants to do. It would destroy America!”
  • July 17: “I am the ultimate member of The Book of the Month Club. First I have lowlife dummy John Bolton, a war mongering fool, violating the law (he released massive amounts of Classified Information) and an NDA in order to build badly needed credibility and make a few dollars, which …”
  • July 17: “….will all end up going to the government anyway. Next up is Mary Trump, a seldom seen niece who knows little about me, says untruthful things about my wonderful parents (who couldn’t stand her!) and me, and violated her NDA. She also broke the Law by givng out my….”
  • July 17: “….Tax Returns. She’s a mess! Many books have been written about me, some good, some bad. Both happily and sadly, there will be more to come!”
  • July 17: “I am proud to announce $2 million for the @Sept11Memorial in NYC! This special site ensures that the memory of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, as well as those lost in the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, will never be forgotten!”
  • July 17: “In addition to nearly $8 billion that Treasury provided tribal communities, @HUDgov is releasing an additional $25 million in #CARESAct funding today to respond to the CoronaVirus with improved housing, indoor air quality, and food pantry support.”
  • July 17: “THANK YOU to the 5 million members of the @NRA for once again entrusting me with your FULL & COMPLETE ENDORSEMENT! As long as I am President, I will ALWAYS protect our Great Second Amendment, and never let the Radical Left take away your Rights, your Guns, or your Police! @NRAPVF”