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, as is the White House press briefing schedule.

  • 12:15 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT signs a Memorandum | Oval Office
  • 5:00 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT holds a news conference | James S. Brady Briefing Room

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

  • 9:25 a.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT and THE SECOND LADY depart Washington, D.C., en route Columbia, SC, on Air Force Two
  • 10:45 a.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT and THE SECOND LADY arrive in Columbia, SC, on Air Force Two
  • 11:30 a.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT and THE SECOND LADY participate in a briefing with Governor McMaster and Mrs. McMaster on COVID-19 | USC Alumni Center | Columbia, SC
  • 12:30 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT and THE SECOND LADY participate in a roundtable with Governor McMaster and Mrs. McMaster on safely reopening schools | USC Alumni Center | Columbia, SC
  • 1:30 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT participates in a press briefing | USC Alumni Center | Columbia, SC
  • 3:15 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT and THE SECOND LADY depart Columbia, SC, en route Charleston, SC, on Air Force Two
  • 3:55 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT and THE SECOND LADY arrive Charleston, SC, on Air Force Two | Charleston Air Force Base
  • 5:05 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at an event for Nancy Mace | The Holliday Alumni Center | Charleston, SC
  • 6:30 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT and THE SECOND LADY depart Charleston, SC, en route Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two
  • 7:50 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT and THE SECOND LADY arrive in Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

  • 11:00 a.m. EDT – Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds a press briefing | On Camera | James S. Brady Briefing Room

Recap of Monday, July 20, 2020

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

The White House

  • Remarks by President Trump on Phase Four Negotiations
  • Readout from the Vice President’s Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response & Best Practices
  • Nominations: President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Individual to Key Administration Post (OPM)
  • Presidential Message on Space Exploration Day, 2020

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Article: Cybersecurity for 2020 Elections a Top DOD Priority, General Says
  • Article: Artificial Intelligence Deployment Requires Diverse Image Data
  • Article: Ministry of Defense Advisors Program Seeks Applicants
  • Contracts for July 20, 2020

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Tuesday, July 21
  • July 20: Fact Sheet | Secretary Pompeo Travels to the United Kingdom to Discuss Transatlantic Partnership on Global Priorities
  • July 20: Fact Sheet | U.S. Support for Democracy, Good Governance, and Human Rights in the Global Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • July 20: Statement | Terrorist Attack near Azaz, Syria
  • July 20: Statement | Assad Regime’s Parliamentary Elections
  • July 20: Statement | 21st Anniversary of the PRC Government’s Persecution of Falun Gong
  • July 20: Advisory | Secretary Pompeo to Deliver a Speech at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library (July 23, 2020, in California; speech topic: China)
  • July 20: Sanctions | Public Designation of Russian National Ramzan Kadyrov Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights
  • July 20: Statement | Colombia’s Independence Day
  • July 20: Statement | Department of State Named 2020 Public Sector Employer of the Year

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Press Release: The Appointment of Samah Norquist as Chief Advisor for International Religious Freedom to the Administrator of USAID

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at the UN General Assembly Observation of the Annual Nelson Mandela International Day (via VTC)

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI)

Department of the Treasury

  • Keynote Remarks by Assistant Secretary Feddo at the American Conference Institute’s Sixth National Conference on CFIUS

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: SEC Charges Silicon Valley Start-Up and CEO With Defrauding Investors
  • Press Release: UBS to Pay $10 Million for Violating Rules Which Give Priority To Retail Investors in Municipal Offerings
  • Press Release: SEC Charges Financial Advisor with Fraud for Stealing Millions from Investors

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Statement by Attorney General William P. Barr on the Killing of Judge Salas’ Son and the Shooting of Her Husband
  • Press Release: Former Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration Uttam Dhillon New Interpol Washington Director
  • Press Release: Lebanese National Sentenced to 42 Months in Prison for Illegally Exporting Drone Parts and Technology

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

  • Press Release: Weekly Update | DHS Response to COVID-19
  • Press Release: CBP Extends Closure of Trusted Traveler Programs Enrollment Centers to September 8 (Washington DC)
  • Press Release: USBP Agents Rescue Citizen’s Missing Horse (California)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Seize Cash and Narcotics at Checkpoint (California)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Apprehends MS-13 Gang Member (California)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Seizes Methamphetamine at Checkpoint (California)
  • Press Release: Agents Rescue 2 Small Children and 15 Adults in 5 Separate Events within 2 Days (California)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers Uncover 614 Pound Meth Load Hidden in Shipment of Green Onions (California)
  • Press Release: BP Agents Save Lives in Southern Arizona as First Responders on Scene (Arizona)
  • Press Release: Sex Offender Discovered in Stash House in the Rio Grande Valley (Texas)
  • Press Release: Laredo CBP Officers Seize Over $1.3 Million in Methamphetamine (Texas)
  • Press Release: Hot Summer Temperatures Continue to Place Illegal Aliens at Risk in the Rio Grande Valley (Texas)
  • Press Release: Rio Grande Valley Agents Seize More than $1M in Drugs (Texas)
  • Press Release: Laredo CBP Officers Apprehend Two Texas Fugitives Wanted for Sexual Abuse of a Child (Texas)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Thwarts Two Sizable Human Smuggling Attempts (Texas)
  • Press Release: Laredo Sector Border Patrol Retrieves Vehicle with Narcotics from River (Texas)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Agents Arrest Several Train Jumpers on Back-to-Back Days (Texas)
  • Press Release: Prescription Medication Seized by CBP in Indianapolis (Indiana)
  • Press Release: CBP at JFK seizes Counterfeit Professional Sports Championship Rings (New York)
  • Press Release: AMO seize 43 pounds of cocaine and arrest one individual in Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: Administrator Gaynor’s Letter to State Directors and Agencies
  • Press Release: Preparing Makes Sense for Senior Citizens (US Virgin Islands)

Department of Commerce

  • Sanctions: Commerce Department Adds Eleven Chinese Entities Implicated in Human Rights Abuses in Xinjiang to the Entity List

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release:  USDA Approves North Dakota to Accept SNAP Benefits Online

Department of Energy

  • Press Release: Department of Energy Announces Energy Incubator Prize and Funding Opportunity
  • Press Release: Energy Department Announces Approximately $64M in Funding for 18 Projects to Advance H2@Scale

Department of Interior

  • Press Release: Charles Laudner Named Executive Director of President Trump’s Interagency Task Force for Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Offers Webinars in Tagalog for Employers And Employees about Families First Coronavirus Response Act
  • Press Release: U.S. Department Of Labor Publishes Additional Guidance on Wage And Hour Rules, Family and Medical Leave As Workplaces Reopen
  • Press Release: West Palm Beach Boys & Girls Club Pays Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Sick Leave After Doctor Directed Quarantine
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor and American Federation of Government Employees, Local 12 Agree to New Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Secures Default Judgment Ordering Puerto Rico Security Companies to Pay $942,127 in Back Wages, Damages, and Penalties
  • Press Release: Federal Contractor on Idaho Bridge Project Pays $92,290 in Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Prevailing Wage Violations

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: OCR Issues Guidance on Civil Rights Protections Prohibiting Race, Color, and National Origin Discrimination During COVID-19

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | Daily Roundup July 20, 2020
  • Press Release: FDA Extends Enforcement Discretion Policy for Certain Regenerative Medicine Products
  • Press Release: FDA Notifies Companies, Including Puff Bar, to Remove Flavored Disposable E-Cigarettes and Youth-Appealing E-Liquids from Market for Not Having Required Authorization

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 21: “Mail-In Voting, unless changed by the courts, will lead to the most CORRUPT ELECTION in our Nation’s History! #RIGGEDELECTION”
  • July 21: “Strong Stock Market Numbers. You want to see them dive? Vote for the Radical Left with their BIG Tax Hikes!”
  • July 21: “‘In my view General Flynn should never have been prosecuted in the first place.’ Judgenap  Judge Andrew Napolitano @foxandfriends”
  • July 21: “You will never hear this on the Fake News concerning the China Virus, but by comparison to most other countries, who are suffering greatly, we are doing very well – and we have done things that few other countries could have done!”
  • July 21: “Tremendous progress being made on Vaccines and Therapeutics!!!”
  • July 21: “Looking forward to live sports, but any time I witness a player kneeling during the National Anthem, a sign of great disrespect for our Country and our Flag, the game is over for me!”
  • July 21: “Thank you for the good reviews and comments on my interview with Chris Wallace of @FoxNews. We may have set a record for doing such an interview in the heat. It was 100 degrees, making things very interesting!”
  • July 20: “We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance. There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!”

Trump in face mask

  • July 20:  “Congratulations Allen, great job!”  Retweet:  Allen West @AllenWest · 17h · I just want to say how truly humbled I am by this honor, and that I will work hard for Texas and Texans.  I would like to thank my amazing and dedicated team, as well as an incredible number of supporters. Thank you all!  Now the work begins…