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.

10:30 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT attends the First Lady’s Remarks to the 2020 Republican National Convention | Rose Garden

Looking Ahead:  On Wednesday, August 26, President Trump will meet with medical professionals about COVID-19.  On Thursday, August 27, President Trump will participate in a roundtable with supporters in Washington, D.C.  He will also give his acceptance speech for the Republican nomination.

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

10:30 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT and THE SECOND LADY join THE PRESIDENT for the First Lady’s Remarks to the 2020 Republican National Convention | Rose Garden

Looking Ahead:  On Saturday, August 29, Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Franklin, Wisconsin, to deliver remarks to the 2020 graduating class at Wisconsin Lutheran College’s commencement ceremony.  He will return later that day to Washington, D.C.

Recap of Monday, August 24, 2020

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

The White House

  • Executive Order on Targeting Opportunity Zones and Other Distressed Communities for Federal Site Locations
  • Remarks by President Trump on the Farmers to Families Food Box Program Distribution | Mills River, NC
  • Fact Sheet: President Donald J. Trump Is Protecting America’s Food Supply Chain and Ensuring No Family Goes Hungry
  • Readout from the Launch of the “Building the Movement Exhibit: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage”
  • Article: The Trump Administration Is Advancing Clean, Reliable, and Affordable Hydropower
  • Disaster Declaration: President Donald J. Trump Approves Texas Emergency Declaration

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Readout of Secretary Esper’s Call With Mongolian Defense Minister Saikhanbayar
  • Press Release: Defense Innovation Unit Teaching Artificial Intelligence to Detect Cancer
  • Article: New ID Cards Being Issued for Military Family Members, Retirees
  • Article: DOD Crowdsources Efforts to Promote Diversity, Inclusion
  • Contracts for August 24, 2020

Department of State

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on travel to Sudan, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates from August 25-28.

  • Daily Schedule | Tuesday, August 25
  • August 24: Readout | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with UK Foreign Secretary Raab
  • August 24: Readout | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Israel’s Alternate Prime Minister Gantz and Foreign Minister Ashkenazi
  • August 24: Readout | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu
  • August 24: Remarks | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu After Their Meeting
  • August 24: Readout | Deputy Secretary of State Biegun’s Meetings in Vilnius, Lithuania
  • August 24: Statement | Ukraine’s Independence Day

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Counterterrorism (via VTC)

Department of the Treasury

  • Press Release: U.S. Treasury Department Provides Currency Valuation Assessment in Countervailing Duty Proceeding

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: NASA Researcher Arrested for False Statements and Wire Fraud in Relation to China’s Talents Program
  • Press Release: DUSA Pharmaceuticals To Pay U.S. $20.75 Million To Settle False Claims Act Allegations Relating To Promotion Of Unsupported Drug Administration Process
  • Press Release: Federal Court Permanently Shuts Down Texas Tax Return Preparer
  • Press Release: Philadelphia Return Preparer Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Tax Fraud

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

  • Press Release: CISA Releases 5G Strategy for Secure and Resilient Critical Infrastructure
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Agents Arrest Convicted Felon Sex Offender (California)
  • Press Release: Agents Rescue Seven Illegal Aliens Over Weekend (California)
  • Press Release: Agents Seize Narcotics Hidden in Vehicle’s Floorboards, Back Seat and Rocker Panels (California)
  • Press Release: CBP and CDC at LAX Stop Attempt to Smuggle Eight Pomeranian Puppies from Russia (California)
  • Press Release: Yuma Sector Arrests Body Carrier on Shuttle Van Smuggling Heroin and Fentanyl (Arizona)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Seizes 100 lbs. of Meth & Arrests 3 (Arizona)
  • Press Release: Eagle Pass Border Patrol Agents Arrest Convicted Sex Offender (Texas)
  • Press Release: Over 1,000 Pounds of Marijuana Seized at Fort Street Cargo Facility Manifested as Steel Wire (Michigan)
  • Press Release: CBP Intercepts Transnational Shipment of Ecstasy, GBL (Virginia)
  • Press Release: Six Illegals Apprehended after Foot Pursuit and Search (New York)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for Connecticut
  • Press Release: FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for Pennsylvania
  • Press Release: FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for Washington
  • Press Release: FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for New Hampshire
  • Press Release: President Donald J. Trump Approves Texas Emergency Declaration
  • Press Release: President Donald J. Trump Approves Emergency Disaster Declaration for Mississippi
  • Press Release: Applying For FEMA Disaster Assistance
  • Press Release: Are You Ready for the Next Earthquake?
  • Press Release: FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Sheep Fire (California)

Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR)

  • Press Release: United States Rejects WTO Dispute Report Shielding Canada’s Harmful Lumber Subsidies
  • Statement on Call Between the United States and China

Department of Commerce

  • Blog: Commerce Virtual Interns Support Agency’s Mission

US International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release: USITC to Investigate Effects of the Canada_EU Trade Agreement on the U.S. Lobster Industry

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release: USDA Encourages Ag Producers, Residents to Prepare for Tropical Storms Marco and Laura
  • Press Release: Trump Administration Invests $46 Million in Rural Community Facilities in 16 States

Department of Energy

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Energy Issues Small Business Research and Development Funding Opportunity Announcement

Department of Interior

  • Press Release: Trump Administration Seized More Than 2,600 Pounds of Illegal Narcotics in Indian Country Last Year

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: Wells Fargo Agrees to Pay $7.8 Million in Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Alleges Hiring Discrimination
  • Press Release: Judge Orders New Jersey Farm to Pay $57,057 in Back Wages and Penalties Following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation
  • Press Release: Florida Restaurant Chain Pays $115,966 in Back Wages After Coronavirus Closures Lead to Missed Payroll
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Awards More Than $7 Million in Additional Disaster Recovery Funding to Florida in Response to Hurricane Michael
  • Press Release: U.S. Department Of Labor Issues Guidance to Clarify Employers’ Obligations To Track Teleworkers’ Compensable Hours

Department of Education

  • Press Release: Secretary DeVos Issues New Distance Learning Regulations to Spur High-Quality Distance and Competency-Based Programs, Better Serve Diverse Population of Higher Education Students

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: Trump Administration Adds Health Plans to June 2020 Plasma Donation Guidance

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | Daily Roundup August 24, 2020

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Synopsis of President Trump’s Tweets

  • August 25: “For our Country to be sending 80 million UNSOLICITED BALLOTS is very unfair and a roadmap to disaster. Even recent small and easier to control elections which did this are a catastrophic disaster. Fraudulent & missing Ballots like never seen before. 20% and 30% off. STOP!”
  • August 25: “Very appreciative that @CNN covered the vast majority of the Republican Convention last night. That was really good for CNN, while at the same time being good for our Country. Thank you!”
  • August 25: “THANK YOU #RNC2020!” [Video]
  • August 24: “Thank you to @CardinalDolan for this evenings opening prayer.” [Video]
  • August 24: “PROMISES MADE, PROMISES KEPT!” [Video]
  • August 24: “Joe Biden has said he would lock down the Country again. That’s crazy! We’re having record job growth and a booming stock market, but Joe would end it all and close it all down. Ridiculous!”
  • August 24: “Exclusive: Eyewitness Says as Many as 20,000 Unverified Absentee Ballots Counted in Detroit Primary  via @BreitbartNews”
  • August 24: “GOD BLESS THE USA!”  [Video]
  • August 24: “All the Radical Left Democrats are trying to do with the Post Office hearings is blame the Republicans for the FRAUD that will occur because of the 51 Million Ballots that are being sent to people who have not even requested them. They are setting the table for a BIG MESS!”
  • August 24:  “Incredible that @CNN & MSDNC aren’t covering the Roll Call of States. Fake News! This is what the Republican Party is up against. Also, I’d like to hear the remarks of the Delegates from individual States, rather than @FoxNews anchors. Ridiculous!”