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.

9:00 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY participate in a signing of a Proclamation on the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment | Blue Room

9:50 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Washington, D.C, en route to Cedar Rapids, IA

10:55 a.m. CDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at The Eastern Iowa Airport | Cedar Rapids, IA

11:15 a.m. CDT – THE PRESIDENT participates in an Iowa Disaster Recovery Briefing | Cedar Rapids, IA

12:15 p.m. CDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Cedar Rapids, IA, en route to Yuma, AZ

1:10 p.m. MST – THE PRESIDENT arrives at Yuma International Airport | Yuma, AZ

1:30 p.m. MST – THE PRESIDENT receives a Border Wall Construction and Operational Update | Yuma, AZ

2:15 p.m. MST – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on Immigration and Border Security | Yuma, AZ

3:20 p.m. MST – THE PRESIDENT departs Yuma, AZ, en route to Washington, D.C.

10:25 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at Joint Base Andrews

11:00 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at the White House

Looking Ahead:  On Thursday, August 20, the President will host Iraq’s Prime Minister at the White House.  He will also visit Mariotti Building Products in Old Forge, Pennsylvania.

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

2:00 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT leads a Governors’ video teleconference on COVID-19 response & recovery | White House Situation Room

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

On Friday, August 21, Vice President Pence will travel to Miami, Florida, to deliver remarks on Venezuela and Cuba.  He will return to Washington, D.C., later that day.

Recap of Monday, August 17, 2020

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

The White House

  • Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure
  • Statement by National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien (re: U.S.-Colombia Growth Initiative)
  • Disaster Declaration: President Donald J. Trump Approves Iowa Disaster Declaration

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Press Release: DOD Offers Diversity, Inclusion Counseling Resources
  • Press Release: DOD Awards $750,000 to Plasma Technologies, LLC for Manufacturing of Convalescent Plasma Products Using a Novel Process in Support of the U.S. COVID-19 Response
  • Article: DOD Leaders Provide Digital Modernization Updates
  • Contracts for August 17, 2020

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Tuesday, August 18, 2020
  • August 17: Statement | The United States Further Restricts Huawei Access to U.S. Technology
  • August 17: Sanctions | Financial Sanctions and Visa Restrictions against Ugandan Individuals Involved in Corrupt Adoption Scheme
  • August 17: Statement | Forty Years of the Southern African Development Community
  • August 17: Statement | Gabon National Day
  • August 17: Statement | The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Announces the 2020 Industry Advisory Group Annual Meeting

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

  • Press Release: DNI Welcomes New Senior Military Adviser
  • Press Release: ODNI Implements Organizational Realignment to Increase Effectiveness

Department of the Treasury

  • Readout from a Treasury Spokesperson on Secretary Mnuchin’s Discussion with G7 Finance Ministers
  • Sanctions: Treasury Sanctions Four Ugandans for Involvement in False Adoption Scam
  • Press Release: Treasury International Capital Data for June

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: Caroline A. Crenshaw and Hester M. Peirce Sworn-In As SEC Commissioners

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: Interagency Issues Advisory on Use of Technology to Detect and Mitigate Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Press Release: Department of Justice Publishes Proposed Regulations Articulating the Registration Requirements for Sex Offenders under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act
  • Press Release: Former CIA Officer Arrested and Charged with Espionage
  • Press Release: Puerto Rico Legislator Indicted for Theft, Bribery, and Fraud
  • Press Release: Three Individuals Charged with Arranging Adoptions from Uganda and Poland Through Bribery and Fraud
  • Press Release: Justice Department Settles Claim Against California-Based Staffing Company for Favoring Temporary Visa Workers Over U.S. Workers
  • Press Release: Former Deputy Jailer Sentenced to 48 Months for Violating the Civil Rights of an Inmate

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

  • Press Release: Interagency Issues Advisory On Use Of Technology To Detect And Mitigate Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Press Release: DHS rebukes GAO’s deeply flawed attempt to revive its partisan impeachment efforts with baseless report
  • Press Release: CBP Seizes Unauthorized COVID-19 Medication at Port of Seattle (Washington State)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Agents Seize Close to $1 Million Worth of Narcotics in Three Seizures Over the Weekend (California)
  • Press Release: CBP Field Operations Seizes $2.9 Million in Narcotics at Mid-Valley International Bridges (Texas)
  • Press Release: RGV Agents Disrupt Smuggling Operations (Texas)
  • Press Release: Laredo Officers Seize Methamphetamine Worth Over $9 Million in Street Value (Texas)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Arrests Sex Offender in the Rio Grande Valley (Texas)
  • Press Release: U.S. Border Patrol Agents in Montana Apprehend Citizen of India (Montana)
  • Press Release: Unsolicited Package of Seeds Sent to Champlain CBP Officer (New York)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Loyalton Fire

Department of Commerce

  • Press Release: Commerce Department Further Restricts Huawei Access to U.S. Technology and Adds Another 38 Affiliates to the Entity List

US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

  • Press Release: DFC CEO Adam Boehler’s Statement on His Meeting With Colombian President Iván Duque

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release: EXIM Chairman Reed Underscores Economic Recovery and Global Business Opportunities for U.S. Virgin Islands at St. Croix Chamber of Commerce Event

Department of Energy

  • Press Release: Department of Energy Announces $37 Million for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at DOE Scientific User Facilities

Department of Interior

  • Press Release: Secretary Bernhardt Signs Decision to Implement the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program in Alaska

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Issues Additional Guidance for States on Lost Wages Assistance Program
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Orders Florida-Based Motor Carrier To Reinstate Employee Terminated For Reporting Safety Concerns
  • Press Release: Federal Court Orders Nevada Leak Detection Company to Pay Retirement Plan Participants $51,434 for Unpaid Contribution, Associated Lost Interest
  • Press Release: South Florida Landscaping Company to Pay $110,602 in Back Wages To 85 Employees After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Overtime Violations

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: HHS Reports Progress on President Trump’s ‘Advancing American Kidney Health’ Initiative

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | Daily Roundup August 17, 2020
  • Press Release: FDA Approves Treatment for Rare Disease Affecting Optic Nerves, Spinal Cord

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Synopsis of President Trump’s Tweets

  • August 18: “Many thousands of people work for our government. With that said, a former DISGRUNTLED EMPLOYEE named Miles Taylor, who I do not know (never heard of him), said he left & is on the open arms Fake News circuit. Said to be a real ‘stiff’. They will take anyone against us!”
  • August 18: “The ObamaBiden Administration was the most corrupt in history, including the fact that they got caught SPYING ON MY CAMPAIGN, the biggest political scandal in the history of our Country. It’s called Treason, and more. Thanks for your very kind words Michelle!”
  • August 18: “Looking back into history, the response by the ObamaBiden team to the H1N1 Swine Flu was considered a weak and pathetic one. Check out the polling, it’s really bad. The big difference is that they got a free pass from the Corrupt Fake News Media!”
  • August 18: “Somebody please explain to @MichelleObama that Donald J. Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it weren’t for the job done by your husband, Barack Obama. Biden was merely an afterthought, a good reason for that very late & unenthusiastic endorsement…..”
  • August 18: “….My Administration and I built the greatest economy in history, of any country, turned it off, saved millions of lives, and now am building an even greater economy than it was before. Jobs are flowing, NASDAQ is already at a record high, the rest to follow. Sit back & watch!”
  • August 18: “Thank you. Will never let you down!”  Retweet:  Bloomberg QuickTake @QuickTake · Aug 14 · The New York Police Benevolent Association (@NYCPBA) endorses Trump, a first for the union which represents over 50,000 active and retired New York City police officers
  • August 17: “Now AP estimates that the real Cuomo number of people killed because of his total incompetence is 11,000, not the 6000 that was originally thought!”
  • August 17: “Cuomo, just like his brother Fredo, has not got a very good memory!”  Retweet:  Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 @TrumpWarRoom · 8h · Democrat Andrew Cuomo praised the Trump Administration’s coronavirus response as “extraordinary efforts and acts of mobilization,” and called it a “tremendous accomplishment.”
  • August 17: “A proposal by Pentagon officials to slash Military Healthcare by $2.2 billion dollars has been firmly and totally rejected by me. We will do nothing to hurt our great Military professionals & heroes as long as I am your President. Thank you!”
  • August 17: “She was fired because she was boring and never had what it took. Perhaps that has proven to be a mistake!”  Retweet:  Stephen Battaglio @SteveBattaglio · 8h · @NicolleDWallace says Whoopi Goldberg told her in 2015 that @realDonaldTrump was going to be president.  @latimes
  • August 17: “Why would @FoxNews put on phony Congresswoman @RepDebDingell. A total waste of airtime!”
  • August 17: “NEW RECORD FOR NASDAQ!”
  • August 17: “SAVE THE POST OFFICE!”
  • August 17: “Why is Congress scheduled to meet (on Post Office) next Monday, during the Republican Convention, rather than now, while the Dems are having their Convention. They are always playing games. GET TOUGH REPUBLICANS!!!”
  • August 17: “Great division between the Bernie Sanders crowd and the other Radical Lefties. Our Country would be destroyed!”
  • August 17: “Just landed in Mankato, Minnesota!”
  • August 17: “Just approved (and fast) the FULL Emergency Declaration for the Great State of Iowa. They got hit hard by record setting winds. Thank you to @SenJoniErnst, @ChuckGrassley, and Governor Kim Reynolds.”
  • August 17: “What’s with @CNN POLLS increasing me by 10 points in a short period of time. Maybe they want to take over from @FoxNews!”
  • August 17: “Getting ready to land in Minneapolis. Our great National Guard saved the city from further destruction. Should have been called up sooner by local government!”
  • August 17: “The U.S. Post Office (System) has been failing for many decades. We simply want to MAKE THE POST OFFICE GREAT AGAIN, while at the same time saving billions of dollars a year for American Taxpayers. Dems don’t have a clue! @USPostOffice911”
  • August 17: “Some states use ‘drop boxes’ for the collection of Universal Mail-In Ballots. So who is going to “collect” the Ballots, and what might be done to them prior to tabulation? A Rigged Election? So bad for our Country. Only Absentee Ballots acceptable!”
  • August 17:  “Will be interviewed on @foxandfriends this morning at 8:00 A.M. Enjoy!”