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.

12:15 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT receives his intelligence briefing | Oval Office

3:00 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT meets with Medical Professionals on COVID-19 | Oval Office

Looking Ahead:  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*

10:20 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at the 2020 Republican National Convention | Fort McHenry

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 Tuesday, August 25, 2020

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

The White House

  • Fact Sheet: President Donald J. Trump Is Taking Strong Action to Further Protect Nursing Homes from the Coronavirus
  • Fact Sheet: President Donald J. Trump Is Lifting Up and Driving New Prosperity in Previously Forgotten American Communities
  • Press Release: Second Lady Karen Pence Recognizes the Mental Health Benefits of our Nation’s Parks on the National Park Service’s Birthday
  • Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Pardon of Jon Ponder
  • Proclamation on Women’s Equality Day, 2020

Department of Defense (DOD)

Department of State

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on travel to Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman from August 26-27.

  • Daily Schedule | Wednesday, August 26
  • August 25: Readout | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Sudanese Sovereign Council Chair General el-Burhan
  • August 25: Readout | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Sudanese Prime Minister Hamdok
  • August 25: Readout | Deputy Secretary of State Biegun’s Meetings in Moscow, Russia
  • August 25: Statement | Confirmation of Reports on the Poisoning of Aleksey Navalny
  • August 25: Fact Sheet | Designations of Iranian Human Rights Violators
  • August 25: Transcript | Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Joey Hood and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq David Copley, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs On the Recent U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue
  • August 25: Statement | [Turkish] President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Meeting With Hamas Leadership
  • August 25: Sanctions | Designation of People’s Republic of China (PRC) Foreign National and Hong Kong Entity under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act
  • August 25: Advisory | The Seventh Meeting of the U.S.-Japan Comprehensive Dialogue on Space (August 26)
  • August 25: Statement | United States Continues To Call for Justice and Accountability in Burma
  • August 25: Statement | Uruguay’s Independence Day

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East (via VTC)
  • Additional Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East (via VTC)

Department of the Treasury

  • Sanctions: Treasury Sanctions Chinese National for Shipping Fentanyl to the United States
  • Press Release: Treasury Delists Former Honduran Money Launderer and Associated Companies

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: SEC Charges Super Micro and Former CFO in Connection with Widespread Accounting Violations

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: Justice Department Files Statement of Interest in Massachusetts Absentee Voting Rights Case
  • Press Release: Russian National Arrested for Conspiracy to Introduce Malware into a Nevada Company’s Computer Network
  • Press Release: Seventh Generic Drug Manufacturer Is Charged In Ongoing Criminal Antitrust Investigation
  • Press Release: North Carolina Man Charged with COVID-19 Relief Fraud
  • Press Release: Defendants in Pensacola Dog Fighting Prosecution Sentenced to Prison

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

  • Statement from Acting Secretary Wolf On His Nomination By President Donald Trump
  • Advisory: Acting Secretary Wolf Will Travel To Colorado And Texas (August 26-27)
  • Press Release: Multi-Agency Effort Leads Agents to 6 Illegal Aliens in Stash House (Arizona)
  • Press Release: Spare Tire Loaded with Hard Drugs Seized at Border Patrol Checkpoint (Arizona)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Agents Arrest Convicted Murderer (Texas)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Agents Rescue Lost Subject (Texas)
  • Press Release: 62 Counterfeit Championship Rings Intercepted by CBP in Chicago (Illinois)
  • Press Release: Buffalo CBP Officers Seize Cocaine and Stolen Weapon at the Peace Bridge (New York)
  • Press Release: U.S. Border Patrol Agents in Wellesley Island Execute a Water Rescue (New York)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for Arkansas
  • Press Release: FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for Maine
  • Press Release: President Donald J. Trump Amends Emergency Declarations for Louisiana and Texas
  • Press Release: Federal Aid for Utah Quake Hits $1 Million As FEMA Deadline Nears – Two Weeks Left to Register
  • Press Release: Two Weeks Remain to Apply for Federal Assistance (Michigan)

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release: USDA Announces First-Ever Recipients of Urban Agriculture Grants and Cooperative Agreements
  • Press Release: Trump Administration Announces Additional $1 billion for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program
  • Press Release: USDA and Wyoming Sign Shared Stewardship Agreement to Improve Forests and Grasslands
  • Press Release: USDA Assists Farmers, Ranchers, and Communities Affected by Recent Wildfires

Department of Energy (DOE)

  • Press Release: DOE Awards $20 Million for Research on Rare Earth Elements

Department of Transportation

  • Advisory: U.S. Department of Transportation Announces September 24 Meeting of the Aviation Consumer Protection Advisory Committee

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Announces Award of More than $80 Million to Provide Grants for Training and Safe Housing for Farmworkers
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Default Judgment To Restore $65,842 to Defunct Ohio Company Retirement Plan
  • Press Release: Federal Court Sentences Southern California Chiropractor After U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Healthcare Fraud
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Consent Judgment Ordering Connecticut Companies to Restore $17,352 to Employees’ 401(k) Plan

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: HHS Awards $117 Million to Support Health Center Quality Improvement
  • Press Release: Trump Administration to Release 1.5 Million N95 Respirators from the Strategic National Stockpile for Distribution to Nursing Homes

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | Daily Roundup August 25, 2020

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Synopsis of President Trump’s Tweets

  • August 25: “Governor should call in the National Guard in Wisconsin. It is ready, willing, and more than able. End problem FAST!”
  • August 25: “80 Million Unsolicited Ballots are impossible for election centers to tabulate accurately. The Democrats know this better than anyone else. The fraud and abuse will be an embarrassment to our Country. Hopefully the Courts will stop this scam!”
  • August 25: “We again request Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown), the Governor of Oregon, and Mayor @TedWheeler of Portland, to call up the National Guard like should have been done 3 months ago…”
  • August 25: “…They must stop calling these anarchists and agitators “peaceful protestors”. Come back into the real world! The Federal Government is ready to end this problem immediately upon your request.”
  • August 25: “I am pleased to inform the American Public that Acting Secretary Chad Wolf will be nominated to be the Secretary of Homeland Security. Chad has done an outstanding job and we greatly appreciate his service!”
  • August 25: “Beautiful Maine Lobsters will now move tariff-free to Europe! For first time in many years. GREAT new deal by USTR levels playing field with Canada. Millions of $’s more in EXPORTS…”
  • August 25: “…More JOBS from Eastport, Cutler, & Jonesport to Stonington, Friendship, and Casco Bay. I am proud to help the great people of Maine!”
  • 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!”