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.

10:45 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route to Arlington, VA

10:55 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City | Arlington, VA

11:00 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at the 2020 Council for National Policy Meeting | Arlington, VA

12:15 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at the White House

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

THE VICE PRESIDENT​ has no public events scheduled.

Note:  Vice President Mike Pence’s planned trip to Florida on Friday was postponed. 

Recap of Thursday, August 20, 2020

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

The White House

  • Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi of the Republic of Iraq Before Bilateral Meeting
  • Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi
  • Nominations/Appointments: President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Transcript: Ellen M. Lord, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Briefs Media at the Pentagon
  • Article: DOD Can Lead Microelectronics Manufacturing Back to U.S.
  • Publication: Defense Innovation Unit Announces UAS Product Availability to Provide Secure, Capable Small Unmanned Aerial Systems for Critical Uses Across the Government: Culmination of an 18-Month Effort Will Spur Stronger U.S. Drone Industrial Base For Future Innovation
  • Article: DOD Developing Small, Unmanned Aerial System for Warfighters
  • Article: Leaders Extol U.S., Canadian Cooperation in Defense of North America
  • Article: DOD Partners With Agencies to Use AI for Disaster, Humanitarian Relief
  • Contracts for August 20, 2020

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Friday, August 21
  • August 20: Remarks | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At a Press Availability (re: UN/Iran)
  • August 20: Statement | Assassinations in Iraq
  • August 20: Statement | Supporting the Aspirations of the Belarusian People
  • August 20: Sanctions | Syria Sanctions Designations

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Somalia

Department of the Treasury

  • Sanctions: Treasury Sanctions Senior Syrian Government Officials

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim Announces Re-Organization of the Antitrust Division’s Civil Enforcement Program
  • Press Release: Justice Department Settles with Gates Chili Central School District to Ensure Equal Access for Students with Service Animals
  • Press Release: Puerto Rico Legislator and Two Capitol Employees Indicted for Theft and Bribery
  • Press Release: Indiana Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Pesticides
  • Press Release: Texas Rapper Charged in Narcotics and Prescription Opioid Conspiracy
  • Press Release: South Carolina Couple Pleaded Guilty to Scheme Involving Conspiracy and False Statements to Illegally Obtain a U.S. Passport

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

  • Press Release ICYMI From ICE | Publishes Monthly Report on Enforcement Actions Due to Cooperative Agreements
  • Press Release: ICYMI From ICE | Illegal Alien From Honduras With ICE Detainer Sentenced To 45 Years In Prison For Murder
  • Joint Statement from Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council Executive Committee (CISA)
  • Press Release: AMO Continues to Update and Standardize its Aviation Fleet (Washington, D.C.)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Agents Arrest 10 Illegal Aliens Involved in Identity Theft (California)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Agents Intercept Meth and Heroin in Two Smuggling Attempts (California)
  • Press Release: The Arrest of Human Smugglers Leads to the Discovery of 50 Illegal Aliens (Texas)
  • Press Release: Drivers Facing Stiff Penalties under “Texas Hold ‘Em” (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Field Operations Seizes $17 Million in Methamphetamine at Pharr International Bridge (Texas)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Encounters Another Callous Human Smuggling Attempt in Commercial Vehicle (Texas)
  • Press Release: 32 People Found Inside El Paso Stash House (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Intercepts Invasive Slow-Moving Hitchhiker (Texas)
  • Press Release: 46 Pounds of Methamphetamine Intercepted by CBP in Louisville (Kentucky)
  • Press Release: Cincinnati CBP Seizes $374,000 Worth of Fake Phone Cases and Fronts (Ohio)
  • Press Release: Philadelphia CBP Discovers Mantis Eggs Concealed in Computer Gaming Mouse (Pennsylvania)
  • Press Release: Dulles CBP Seizes 165 Cactus, Succulent and Peyote Plants; Many Plants Restricted under CITES Conventions (Virginia)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: FEMA Opens Three More Documentation Drop-off Centers

Department of Commerce

  • Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Stakeholder Conference Call
  • Press Release: Commerce Applauds NAPA Study Reaffirming the Department as the Lead Agency for Space Traffic Management

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release: EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed Engages with Republic of Iraq Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and Minister of Finance Dr. Ali Allawi to Underscore U.S.-Iraq Partnership, $5 Billion Memorandum of Understanding in Support of U.S. Exports
  • Press Release: Chairman Reed Highlights EXIM Export Financing Tools for Small Businesses During Remarks to National Credit Union Administration

Department of Energy

  • Press Release: Department of Energy Announces Equity in Energy Ambassadors and Champions

Department of Interior

  • Press Release: ICYMI | Harnessing Arctic energy for a secure, prosperous future
  • Press Release: Trump Administration Adds Springfield Race Riot Site to the African American Civil Rights Network

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report
  • Press Release: U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia Highlights Economic Recovery In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Proposes Registration Requirements For Pooled Plan Providers
  • Press Release: Rosedale, Virginia, Contractor Pays $46,786 in Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Overtime Violations

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: Trump Administration Uses Defense Production Act to Aid Our Most Vulnerable
  • Press Release: HHS Awards over $35 million to Increase Access to High Quality Health Care in Rural Communities
  • Press Release: OCR Resolves Complaint with Utah After it Revised Crisis Standards of Care to Protect Against Age and Disability Discrimination

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | Daily Roundup August 20, 2020
  • Press Release: FDA Updates Analysis of Medical Device Reports of Breast Implant Illness and Breast Implant-Associated Lymphoma

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Synopsis of President Trump’s Tweets

  • August 20 [Pinned]: “AMERICA FIRST! #MAGA”  [Video]
  • August 20: “In 47 years, Joe did none of the things of which he now speaks. He will never change, just words!”
  • August 20: “96% Approval Rating in the Republican Party. 51% Approval Rating overall in the Rasmussen Poll. Thank you!”
  • August 20: “After the worst debate performance in the history of politics, Michael Bloomberg, commonly known as Mini Mike, is trying to make a comeback by begging the Democrats for relevance. They treated him like a dog – and always will. Before politics, he said GREAT things about me!”
  • August 20: “Will be interviewed by @seanhannity tonight at 9:00 P.M. Enjoy! @FoxNews”
  • August 20: “To get into the Democrat National Convention, you must have an ID card with a picture…Yet the Democrats refuse to do this when it come to your very important VOTE! Gee, I wonder WHY???”
  • August 20: “They are sending out 51,000,000 Ballots to people who haven’t even requested a Ballot. Many of those people don’t even exist. They are trying to STEAL this election. This should not be allowed!”
  • August 20: “The Democrats are demanding Mail-In Ballots because the enthusiasm meter for Slow Joe Biden is the lowest in recorded history, and they are concerned that very few people will turn out to vote. Instead, they will search & find people, then “harvest” & return Ballots. Not fair!”
  • August 20: “I STAND FOR LAW AND ORDER AND I TOOK ACTION! Operation LeGend has led to the arrest of over 1,000 criminals, including 90 killers, all while Sleepy Joe Biden and the Radical Left excuses violence and crime in their Democrat-run cities. I want safety & security, Joe allows CRIME!”
  • August 20: “THANK YOU PENNSYLVANIA! #MAGA”  [Video]
  • August 20: “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”  [Video]
  • August 20: [Video] Retweet:  The White House @WhiteHouse US government account · 20h · Today, President @realDonaldTrump welcomes Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, to the White House!
  • August 20:  “THANK YOU! #MAGA”