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.

2:15 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT participates in a roundtable with Hispanic Leaders | Cabinet Room

3:00 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT signs an Executive Order on the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative | Rose Garden

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

10:25 a.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Washington, D.C., en route Lititz, PA, on Air Force Two

11:10 a.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Lititz, PA, on Air Force Two

12:40 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a Trump Victory luncheon | Manheim, PA

2:20 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT participates in a roundtable discussion on reopening America | Rajant Corporation | Malvern, PA

4:20 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT participates in a COVID-19 briefing with health care providers | Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 | Philadelphia, PA

5:20 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a Back the Blue Rally | Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 | Philadelphia, PA

7:35 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Philadelphia, PA, en route Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two

8:25 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two

Recap of Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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

The White House

  • Joint Declaration Between the United States and Mexico
  • Remarks by President Trump and President López Obrador of the United Mexican States in Signing of a Joint Declaration
  • Remarks by President Trump and President López Obrador of the United Mexican States in Joint Press Statement
  • Transcript: Press Briefing by Vice President Pence and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force | July 8, 2020
  • Readout of Second Lady Karen Pence’s Call with Faith-Based Leaders and Organizations on Suicide Prevention
  • Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Supreme Court Ruling on Religious Liberty
  • Presidential Message on the 50th Anniversary of the Federal Policy of Indian Self-Determination

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Press Release: COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Installation Status Update, July 8, 2020
  • Publication: COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Installation Status Update, July 8, 2020
  • Article: Pandemic Revealed Supply Chain Vulnerability, Pentagon Official Says
  • Contracts for July 8, 2020

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Thursday, July 9
  • July 8: Remarks | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability
  • July 8: Statement | Five Years of Injustice Following China’s 709 Crackdown
  • July 8: Statement | Mongolia National Day

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Statement by Ambassador Kelly Craft on U.S. Opposition to the Russian Resolution on Humanitarian Aid to Syria
  • Explanation of Vote on the Russian Draft UN Security Council Resolution on Syria Cross-Border Humanitarian Aid
  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Libya (via VTC)

Department of the Treasury

  • Press Release: Settlement Agreement between the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and, Inc.

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: SEC Issues Agenda for July 16 Special Meeting of the Asset Management Advisory Committee

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: Attorney General William P. Barr Announces Launch of Operation Legend
  • Readout of Roundtable Events with Attorney General Barr and Senator Tim Scott in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Press Release: Justice Department Announces Findings of Investigation into Narcotics Bureau of Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Department
  • Press Release: American Man Charged with Exploiting Children in Laos
  • Press Release: Kansas Man Sentenced for Killing a Woman on a Cruise Ship
  • Press Release: U.S. Army Soldier Sentenced to Life in Prison for Aggravated Sexual Assault
  • Press Release: American Contractor Pleads Guilty to Stealing Government Equipment on U.S. Military Base in Afghanistan
  • Press Release: Oklahoma City Hospital, Management Company, And Physician Group To Pay $72.3 Million To Settle Federal And State False Claims Act Allegations Arising From Improper Payments To Referring Physicians

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

  • Press Release: CBP Will No Longer Conduct Trusted Traveler Programs Interviews at Vancouver Urban Enrollment Center (Canada)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Seizes Liquid Methamphetamine (California)
  • Press Release: Calexico CBP Officers Catch Three Mexican Nationals Attempting Illegal Entry on Rail Car (California)
  • Press Release: Agents Conduct Four Rescue Events in 24 Hours (California)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Canine Team Seizes Heroin, Marijuana and Revolver (Arizona)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers at the Bridge of the Americas Stop Large Drug Load (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers in El Paso Apprehend Man Wanted For Murder (Texas)
  • Press Release: Failed Narcotic Smuggling Attempts Leads to Several Apprehensions (Texas)
  • Press Release: Laredo Sector Border Patrol Continues Rendering Aid to Lost Individuals (Texas)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Arrests El Salvadoran Citizen in Maine

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: Preliminary Flood Maps for El Paso County, Texas, Ready for Public View

Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR)

  • Joint Statement between the United States and Kenya on the Launch of Negotiations towards a Free Trade Agreement

US International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release: USITC Makes Determinations in Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews Concerning Oil Country Tubular Goods from India, Korea, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vietnam

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release: U.S. House of Representatives Task Force on China Members and EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed Engage on EXIM’s New Legislative Mandate to Compete with China

Department of Interior

  • Press Release: Secretary Bernhardt Listens to Local Concerns and Scraps Plans to Reintroduce Grizzly Bears into the North Cascades Ecosystem (July 7, 2020)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Press Release: Bogus Basin Recreational Association and EPA settle alleged stormwater violations at ski area near Boise, Idaho
  • Press Release: EPA Releases Financial Impact Tool to Help Water Utilities
  • Press Release: EPA proposes removing 671 East Chicago, Indiana, residences from Superfund List

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Issues Poster to Keep Meat Packing, Poultry And Pork Workers Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Contractor Three Times For Exposing Roofing Workers to Falls
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Announces Availability of $40 Million In Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • Statement by Secretary Azar on Little Sisters of the Poor Supreme Court Ruling

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 8: [White House Video of Mexican President’s Visit]
  • July 8: “Congratulations to Jeff @VanDrewForNJ on a Great Primary run, and big VICTORY against a very tough opponent! #MAGA2020” Retweet:  Van Drew for Congress @VanDrewForNJ · 23h · I would like to thank President @realdonaldtrump for his unwavering support and Republicans throughout South Jersey for the confidence they have placed in me to be their nominee. Our Republican Party in South Jersey came together and is united as we head into November. #NJ2
  • July 8: “Economy and Jobs are growing MUCH faster than anyone (except me!) expected. Job growth is biggest in history. China Virus Mortality Rate is among the LOWEST of any country. Shaping up for a good third quarter, and a great next year! NASDAQ at new record high, 401k’s way up!!!!”
  • July 8: “I disagree with @CDCgov on their very tough & expensive guidelines for opening schools. While they want them open, they are asking schools to do very impractical things. I will be meeting with them!!!”
  • July 8: “In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS. The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families. May cut off funding if not open!”