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, August 15, 2020

5:35 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT participates in a roundtable with supporters | Bedminster, NJ

Sunday, August 16, 2020

4:00 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Bedminster, NJ, en route to Morristown, NJ

4:25 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Morristown, NJ, en route to Washington, D.C.

5:15 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at Joint Base Andrews

5:35 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at the White House

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

Saturday, August 15, 2020

9:45 a.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Washington, D.C., en route Lewisburg, WV, on Air Force Two

10:40 a.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Lewisburg, WV, on Air Force Two | Greenbrier Valley Airport

11:20 a.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT participates in a COVID-19 briefing with Governor Jim Justice | The Greenbrier | White Sulphur Springs, WV

12:30 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a Trump Victory Luncheon | The Greenbrier | White Sulphur Springs, WV

1:35 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Lewisburg, WV, en route Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two

2:25 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two

Sunday, August 16, 2020

THE VICE PRESIDENT​ has no public events scheduled.

Looking Ahead:  On Wednesday, August 19, Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Darien, Wisconsin, to deliver remarks on President Donald Trump’s strong record of putting the American worker first and implementing America First trade priorities.  Later that day, he will return to Washington, D.C.

Recap of Friday, August 14, 2020

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

The White House

  • Remarks by President Trump in Press Briefing | August 14, 2020
  • Remarks by President Trump Upon Air Force One Arrival | Morristown, NJ
  • Remarks by Vice President Pence at a Support Law Enforcement Town Hall | Urbandale, IA
  • Statement from the President (re: Austin Tice)
  • Proclamation on National Employer Support Of The Guard And Reserve Week, 2020
  • Article: Reopening Schools Is Key to Unlocking the Full Potential of America’s Children
  • Bills Signed into Law:
    • 2163, the “Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act,” which establishes the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys to study and make recommendations to address the conditions affecting Black men and boys;
    • 3607, the “Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act,” which extends death and disability benefits under the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program to public safety officers who die or become injured as a result of COVID-19; and
    • 3637, which extends protections for service members in a residential or vehicle lease who are impacted by stop movement orders due to a local, national, or global emergency.

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Press Release: Establishment of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force
  • Publication: DODEA Briefing Slides (DoD schools)
  • Press Release: Trump Administration Collaborates With McKesson for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
  • Article: DOD Official Discusses Conditions-Based Reopenings, Telework
  • Contracts for August 14, 2020

Department of State

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on travel to Warsaw, Poland on August 15.  Looking ahead, the Secretary will lead the U.S. delegation to the Dominican Republican on August 16 to attend the inauguration of His Excellency Luis Abinader.

  • Daily Schedule | Saturday, August 15, 2020
  • August 14: Readout | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Austrian President Van der Bellen
  • August 14: Statement | U.S.-Austria Joint Declaration August 14:
  • Remarks | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg at a Press Availability
  • August 14: Readout | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Greek Foreign Minister Dendias
  • August 14: Interview | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Andreas Pfeifer of ORF TV
  • August 14: Readout | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With IAEA Director General Grossi
  • August 14: Statement | On the Security Council’s Failure to Hold Iran Accountable
  • August 14: Statement | On U.S. Seizure of Iranian Gasoline Intended for the Illegitimate Maduro Regime
  • August 14: Statement | U.S. and Concerned Nations Stand Together for Democratic Change in Venezuela
  • August 14: Statement | Joint Declaration of Support for Democratic Change in Venezuela
  • August 14: Transcript | Briefing With Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Ambassador Michael Kozak Previewing Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to the Dominican Republic
  • August 14: Statement | Indonesia National Day
  • August 14: Statement | Indian Independence Day
  • August 14: Statement | Liechtenstein National Day

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

Department of the Treasury

  • Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on the President’s Decision Regarding the Acquisition by ByteDance Ltd. of the U.S. Business of
  • Readout from a Treasury Spokesperson on Secretary Mnuchin’s call with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Readout of Roundtable Event with Attorney General Barr and Members of State and Local Law Enforcement in Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Press Release: Largest U.S. Seizure of Iranian Fuel from Four Tankers
  • Press Release: Justice Department Brings Enforcement Action Against Centurylink
  • Press Release: Operation Legend Expanded to Indianapolis

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

  • Press Release: CISA Hosts Seventh Cyber Storm Exercise with Government, Industry and International Partners
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Agents Arrest Felon Smuggler Convicted of a Sexual Offense (California)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Agents Rescue a Man Suffering from a Heat Stroke in the Mountains (California)
  • Press Release: 3 Illegal Border Crossers Rescued in Multi-Agency Effort (Arizona)
  • Press Release: Rio Grande City Port of Entry Seize $29K in Prohibited Hog Plums at Starr Camargo International Bridge (Texas)
  • Press Release: The Nose Knows | A Border Patrol K-9 Alerts Agents to Heroin (Texas)
  • Press Release: RGV at the Front of Illegal Alien Apprehensions (Texas)
  • Press Release: Multiple Rescues in Del Rio Sector (Texas)
  • Press Release: RGV Agents Intercept More Than $575K Worth of Drugs (Texas)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Rescues Continue (Texas)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: Free Disaster Legal Services Available for Utah Quake Survivors

Department of Commerce

  • Blog: U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1.65 Million in CARES Act Funding to Boost Economic Development Programs Critical to Helping Alaska Respond to Coronavirus

US International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release: USITC Makes Determinations in Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews Concerning Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Film, Sheet, and Strip from China and the United Arab Emirates

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release: EXIM Board Votes to Notify Congress of a Potential $450 Million Transaction to Support U.S. Exports to Iraq and an Estimated 1,700 American Jobs

Department of Energy

  • Press Release: The U.S.-Israel Energy Center Announces Funding Opportunity for Energy Infrastructure Cybersecurity Cooperation

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: McDonald’s Franchisee Pays Back Wages to Employee Denied Paid Sick Leave to Care for Child After Coronavirus Closed Childcare Facility

Department of Education

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Education Launches New Title IX Resources for Students, Institutions as Historic New Rule Takes Effect

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: Trump Administration to Begin Distributing $1.4 Billion in Relief Funds to Certain Children’s Hospitals
  • Press Release: Trump Administration Collaborates with McKesson for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | Daily Roundup August 14, 2020
  • Press Release: FDA and CDC Use Technological Advancements to Investigate Multistate Outbreak of Cyclospora Illnesses Linked to Bagged Salads

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Synopsis of President Trump’s Tweets

  • August 15: “So true, but we won’t let that happen!”  Retweet:  Matt Wolking (Text TRUMP to 88022) @MattWolking · Aug 13 · China wants Joe Biden in the White House so they can return to ripping off our country. We can’t let that happen.
  • August 15: “Wow!”  Retweet:  Elizabeth Harrington @LizRNC · 20h ·

And it wasn’t just Paterson

Republicans in Bernardsville received ballots that only listed Democrat candidates to choose from

I’m sure it was just a coincidence! Face with rolling eyes

  • August 15: “The Democrats know the 2020 Election will be a fraudulent mess. Will maybe never know who won!”  Retweet:  Elizabeth Harrington @LizRN · 20h ·

After what happened in Paterson — 20% of ballots thrown out, ballots stolen out of mailboxes, dead people voting — what Democrats are doing in NJ is FRAUD

They know it will be a disaster

They know it will weaken confidence

But they’re doing it anyway

  • August 15: “So terrible!”  Retweet:  Sean Davis @seanmdav · 20h · Who is Kevin Clinesmith, who is expected to plead guilty to fabricating evidence used to justify illegal spy warrants against Trump? He’s the FBI attorney who texted “Vive la resistance” days after the 2016 election.
  • August 15: “Very strange. Sleepy Joe never takes questions. Also, his reporters have zero drive. Why can’t my reporters behave like that? Something is going on!”  Retweet:  RNC Research @RNCResearch · 19h · Biden staffers rush the press out of the room before Joe Biden can answer any questions
  • August 15: “Thank you to the great Pat Lynch & the @NYCPBA. I will never let you down!”  Retweet:  Dan Scavino @DanScavino · 12h ·“I cannot remember when we’ve ever endorsed for the office of President of the United States, until now…” Pat Lynch President @NYCPBA
  • August 14: “We will bring safety to our cities. We will bring hope to our most distressed communities — and in everything we do, we will stand in solidarity with the men and women of LAW ENFORCEMENT! Thank you to the @NYCPBA for your endorsement. God Bless the #NYPD, and God Bless America!”
  • August 14: “Today, it was my great honor to proudly accept the endorsement of the @NYCPBA! I have deeply and profoundly admired the brave men and women of the #NYPD for my entire life. New York’s Finest are truly the best of the best — I will NEVER let you down! #MAGA”
  • August 14: “Senator @SteveDaines is doing a tremendous job for the people of Montana! He just helped me pass the Great American Outdoors Act, which protects the Montana way of life. His opponent, Steve Bullock, would be an absolute horror for Montana…”
  • August 14: “…Steve Bullock is totally against your Second Amendment and just received an F rating from the @NRA. Steve, on the other hand, just received an A+ rating. Vote for Steve Daines. He has always had my Complete and Total Endorsement! #MTSEN”
  • August 14: “Senator @CoryGardner is doing a terrific job – we just passed his landmark legislation, the Great American Outdoors Act. Strong on our Military, Vets and the Second Amendment, Cory has always had my Complete and Total Endorsement!” Retweet:  Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump · Jun 29 · Senator @CoryGardner from Colorado is a GREAT Senator who always fights for the people of his state. He protects your #2A, loves our Vets and Military, and cares deeply about our BEAUTIFUL public lands. Cory has my Complete and Total Endorsement! #COSEN
  • August 14: “The biggest difference between the Presidential Race in 2020 and that of 2016 is the 2016 candidate, Crooked Hillary Clinton, was much smarter and sharper than Slow  Joe, we have even more ENTHUSIASM now, and @FoxNews has become politically correct and no longer the big deal!”
  • August 14: “I promised YOU I would not take a dime of salary as your President. I donate the entire $400,000! It is my honor to give $100,000 to @NatlParkService to help repair and restore our GREAT National Monuments. So important to our American History! Thank You!!”

  • August 14: “Going up the East River Drive, and fast. THANK YOU NYPD! On November 3rd we’re bringing you back! #LESM #MAGA”
  • August 14: “Just landed in New York to see my brother, Robert. We’re going for New York on November 3rd. We’re going to Reduce Taxes, Increase Law Enforcement, and bring it back BIG TIME! #MAGA”
  • August 14: “I am ready to send Rental Assistance payments to hardworking Americans that have been hurt by the ChinaVirus. DEMOCRATS ARE HOLDING THIS UP!”
  • August 14: “I am ready to send $105B to the states to help open schools safely with additional PPE. DEMOCRATS ARE HOLDING THIS UP!”
  • August 14: “Great News!”  Retweet:  Danny Dougherty @DannyDougherty · Aug 13 · Just a few weeks ago, it had looked like new claims for unemployment benefits may have stalled out around 1.4M, but now we’ve seen fewer than a million claims for the first time in almost 5 months.”
  • August 14: “I am ready to send more money to States and Local governments to save jobs for Police, Fire Fighters, First Responders, and Teachers. DEMOCRATS ARE HOLDING THIS UP!”
  • August 14: “I am ready to have @USTreasury and @SBA send additional PPP payments to small businesses that have been hurt by the ChinaVirus. DEMOCRATS ARE HOLDING THIS UP!”
  • August 14: “I have directed @stevenmnuchin1 to get ready to send direct payments ($3,400 for family of four) to all Americans. DEMOCRATS ARE HOLDING THIS UP!”
  • August 14: “I have done more for WOMEN than just about any President in HISTORY! As we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of women’s voting rights, we should build a BEAUTIFUL STATUE in Washington D.C. to honor the many brave women who made this possible for our GREAT COUNTRY…”
  • August 14: “…Congress should send me H.R.473 ASAP and make this happen! It will INSPIRE all women to continue being bold and brave in achieving their DREAMS!”
  • August 14: “Everybody does phony books on Donald Trump and Republicans, just like the Fake Dossier, which turned out to be a total fraud perpetrated by Crooked Hillary Clinton and the DNC…”
  • August 14: “…The Bob Woodward book will be a FAKE, as always, just as many of the others have been. But, believe it or not, lately I’ve been getting lots of GREAT books!”
  • August 14: “Vote for TRUMP on November 3rd. I am going to bring our beloved New York back!”  Retweet:  New York Post @nypost · Aug 13 · New York’s economic outlook ranked worst in the nation
  • August 14: “Fake News will never change!”  Retweet:  Sean Spicer @seanspicer · Aug 11 · Unreal – left wing operatives warn (aka threaten) the media “we will be watching you” regarding their coverage of @KamalaHarris h/t @HeyTammyBruce  – Democratic Party sets rules for criticizing Biden’s VP pick Kamala Harris
  • August 14:  “Today, we honor the brave Native American/First Nations soldiers who served our Nation and played a vital role in America’s victory in WWII. The Navajo Code was never broken and saved untold American lives. Our country will be forever grateful. Happy Navajo Code Talkers Day!”