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.

THE PRESIDENT has no public events scheduled.

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

THE VICE PRESIDENT has no public events scheduled.

Looking Ahead:  Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana, on Friday, July 24.  The Vice President will meet with higher education leaders at Marian University to discuss safely reopening schools.  They will return to Washington, D.C., later that day.

Recap of Wednesday, July 22, 2020

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

The White House

  • Remarks by President Trump in Press Briefing
  • Remarks by President Trump on Operation LeGend: Combatting Violent Crime in American Cities
  • Fact Sheet: President Donald J. Trump Is Protecting Our Nation’s Vulnerable Seniors
  • Text of a Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations
  • Text of a Message to the Congress on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations
  • Nominations: President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Individual to a Key Administration Post (NASA)
  • Bill Signed Into Law:
    • 4148, which extends by approximately three years the Department of Homeland Security’s authority to administer the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Article: Defense Department Improves ‘Ready for Issue’ Rate for F-35 Parts
  • Article: Work Effectiveness Is a Product, Not a Location, DOD Official Says
  • Transcript: Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve Deputy Commander Provides Update on ISIS Threat, Coalition Activities
  • Article: Indo-Pacific Commander Details Regional Deterrence Efforts
  • Contracts for July 22, 2020

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Thursday, July 23
  • July 22: Readout | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Danish Prime Minister Frederiksen
  • July 22: Readout | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with the Foreign Ministers of Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands
  • July 22: Remarks | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability with Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod
  • July 22: Interview | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Johannes Langkilde of DR1
  • July 22: Joint Statement by the U.S. Secretary of State and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania
  • July 22: Statement | Message on the 80th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration
  • July 22: Advisory | Ambassador Reeker’s Travel to Brussels
  • July 22: Statement | Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program Offer for Information to Bring Ukrainian Nationals to Justice

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • General Statement of the United States in the Context of the 53rd Session of the Commission on Population and Development | July 21, 2020

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: SEC Adopts Rule Amendments to Provide Investors Using Proxy Voting Advice More Transparent, Accurate and Complete Information

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Speech: Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers Remarks During the Operation Legend Expansion Announcement
  • Press Release: Attorney General William P. Barr Joins President Donald J. Trump to Announce Expansion of Operation Legend
  • Press Release: Irish National Sentenced to Prison for Trafficking in Rhinoceros Horns
  • Press Release: Wife of U.S. Army Soldier Sentenced to Prison for Obstruction of Justice

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

  • Press Release: Portland Riots Read-out | July 22
  • Press Release: CISA Adds Top Cybersecurity Experts to Join COVID-19 Response Efforts
  • Press Release: Yuma Sector BP Conducts Bi-National Coordination with Mexico to Save a Life (Arizona)
  • Press Release: Yuma Sector Recovers Approximately $23K in Meth Backpacked Through the Desert (Arizona)
  • Press Release: Agents Carry Migrant Down Mountain to Medical Care (Arizona)
  • Press Release: A Busy Day for Border Patrol Yields Significant Apprehensions (Texas)
  • Press Release: Failed Smuggling Attempts Lead to Numerous Arrests in the Rio Grande Valley (Texas)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Agents Apprehend Gang Members (Texas)
  • Press Release: RGV Border Patrol Continues to Disrupt Drug Smuggling Attempts (Texas)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Seizes Nearly $5M Worth of Methamphetamine (Texas)
  • Press Release: S. Border Patrol Rescues 12 Individuals in Last 10 Days (Texas)
  • Press Release: Cincinnati CBP Finds $478,000 Worth of Cocaine in Women’s Boots (Ohio)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Rock Farm Fire (Nevada)
  • Press Release: FEMA’s Remote Inspection Process for Utah Earthquake Damage

Department of Commerce

  • Blog: Commerce This Week | July 22

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release: Chairman Reed Highlights How Credit Unions Can Partner with EXIM to Support Small Businesses During Remarks to CUNA Councils
  • Press Release: Chairman Reed Focuses on How EXIM Can Help Delaware Small Businesses Succeed in the Competitive Global Marketplace During World Trade Center Delaware Remarks

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release:  USDA Provides Update on Investigation Following 2019 Tyson Beef Plant Closure and COVID-19 Pandemic

Department of Interior

  • Press Release: Secretary Bernhardt’s Statement on the Passage of the Great American Outdoors Act

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: Wireless Service Provider Pays Back Wages to Employee Denied Paid Sick Leave After Doctor Ordered Coronavirus-Related Self-Quarantine
  • Press Release: Federal Court Sentences Former Labor Union President After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Embezzlement of Union Assets
  • Press Release: S. Department of Labor Obtains Injunction Enjoining Fleet Owners Insurance Fund from Paying Attorney’s Fees in Defense of ERISA Violations

Department of Education

  • Press Release: Trump Administration Announces $85 Million to Support Disadvantaged Students in Nation’s Capital Attending K-12 Private Schools of Their Choice

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: U.S. Government Engages Pfizer to Produce Millions of Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Press Release: HHS and the American Society of Nephrology Announce Winners of $3 Million KidneyX Redesign Dialysis Phase 2 Prize Competition at KidneyX Summit

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | Daily Roundup July 22, 2020

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Synopsis of President Trump’s Tweets

  • July 23: “We did great things, but it doesn’t matter to the Dems!”  Retweet:  Buck Sexton @BuckSexton · Jul 21 · No matter what @realDonaldTrump did, what he closed down, how many masks he wore, @TheDemocrats were going to use his response to the #coronavirus as a political weapon in 2020.
  • July 23: “John Bolton is, with the exception of Hillary, by far the worst offender of them all!”  Retweet:  Buck Sexton @BuckSexton · 8h · This guy is getting sent to prison for mishandling classified information. He didn’t transmit or share it with anyone-  Hillary Clinton committed EXACTLY THE SAME OFFENSE and wasn’t even charged for it. We were told it was not a crime. Our justice system is a two tiered sham.…
  • July 23: “Great, but did MAGA have anything to do with this great ratings success?”  Retweet:  Jeffrey Lord @realJeffreyLord · Jul 21 ·  ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight,’ ‘Hannity’ help Fox News Channel finish quarter with record-setting viewership
  • July 23: “Liz Cheney is only upset because I have been actively getting our great and beautiful Country out of the ridiculous and costly Endless Wars. I am also making our so-called allies pay tens of billions of dollars in delinquent military costs. They must, at least, treat us fairly!!!”
  • July 22: “I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend Charles Evers. Charles was a trail blazer in politics and a fearless leader, alongside his brother Medgar, for Civil Rights.”
  • July 22: “We MUST protect our National Parks for our children and grandchildren. I am calling on the House to pass the GREAT AMERICAN OUTDOORS ACT today. Thanks @SenCoryGardner and @SteveDaines for all your work on this HISTORIC BILL!”