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 schedule are subject to change.

2:30 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT receives a briefing on Hurricane Laura | Oval Office

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

5:40 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport

6:00 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks live from New Hampshire | Manchester, NH

7:25 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Manchester, NH, en route to Washington, D.C.

8:55 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at Joint Base Andrews

9:30 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at the White House

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

10:35 a.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Washington, D.C., en route Duluth, MN, on Air Force Two

11:55 a.m. CDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Duluth, MN on Air Force Two

12:40 p.m. CDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at Workers for Trump | Lake Superior Warehousing | Duluth, MN

2:45 p.m. CDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Duluth, MN, en route Traverse City, MI, on Air Force Two

4:55 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Traverse City, MI, on Air Force Two

5:10 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a Make America Great Again Rally | Cherry Capital Airport

7:00 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Traverse City, MI, en route Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two

8:40 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two

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 Thursday, August 27, 2020

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

The White House

  • Remarks by President Trump in Briefing on Hurricane Laura | FEMA Headquarters
  • Statement from the Press Secretary on Response to Hurricane Laura
  • Disaster Declaration: President Donald J. Trump Approves Arkansas Emergency Declaration
  • Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Administration’s Purchase of 150 Million Rapid COVID-19 Tests
  • Nominations: President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate the Following Individual to a Key Administration Post

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Readout of Secretary Esper’s Call With Papua New Guinea Minister for Defense Saki Soloma
  • Statement on Russian Forces’ Breach of Deconfliction Arrangement in Syria
  • DOD Statement on Recent Chinese Ballistic Missile Launches
  • Press Release: Defense Department Partnership Hires 175K Spouses
  • Article: Esper Discusses Moves Needed to Counter China’s Malign Strategy
  • Article: Secretary Meets Sailors, Observes Ops During RIMPAC Visit
  • Article: DIU Making Transformative Impact Five Years In
  • Contracts for August 27, 2020

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Friday, August 28
  • August 27: Readout | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting With Omani Sultan Haitham bin Tarik Al Said
  • August 27: Readout | Deputy Secretary of State Biegun’s Meetings in Ukraine
  • August 27: Statement | Joint Statement on the Seventh Meeting of the Japan-U.S. Comprehensive Dialogue on Space
  • August 27: Advisory | Senior Bureau Official Jonathan Moore Travels to Austria and Slovenia
  • August 27: Statement | Moldova National Day

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Press Release: USAID Announces $1.17 Million for Awards to Support Venezuelans

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria (via VTC)

Department of the Treasury

  • Statement from Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on the African Development Bank Annual Meeting

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Speech: Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim Delivers Remarks at the Thirteenth Annual Conference on Innovation Economics
  • Press Release: United States Files Complaint to Forfeit 280 Cryptocurrency Accounts Tied to Hacks of Two Exchanges by North Korean Actors
  • Press Release: Commercial Flooring Contractor Agrees To Plead Guilty To Bid Rigging
  • Press Release: Federal Court holds Florida Tax Return Preparer in Contempt

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

  • Press Release: CBP and CPSC Intercept Over 2,400 Unsafe Hair Dryers at LA/LB Seaport (California)
  • Press Release: Yuma Sector Arrests Three with Meth, Currency, Fentanyl, and a Firearm (Arizona)
  • Press Release: Yuma Sector Border Patrol Agents Assist with Arrest of Murder Suspect (Arizona)
  • Press Release: Kidnapping Suspect Caught by Border Patrol (Arizona)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Halts Narcotics Smuggling Attempt and Apprehends Illegal Aliens (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers Seize Single Speed Drills at International Falls Port of Entry (Minnesota)
  • Press Release: A Speaker Containing Lethal Narcotic Intercepted by CBP Officers in Louisville (Kentucky)
  • Press Release: CBP Cincinnati Seizes Illegal, Dangerous Injectable Cosmetics (Ohio)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: Hurricane Laura Federal Response Update (Washington, D.C.)
  • Press Release: President Donald J. Trump Approves Emergency Disaster Declaration for Arkansas
  • Press Release: The Next Step After Applying For Disaster Assistance (California)
  • Press Release: Manufactured Homes in Earthquakes – How to Protect Your Home & Family (Utah)

Department of Commerce

  • Press Release: Op-Ed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross | Trump Continues to Fulfill his Promises on Trade
  • Blog: Commerce This Week | August 27

US International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release: USITC Makes Determinations in Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews Concerning Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Film, Sheet, and Strip from India and Taiwan

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release: EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed Underscores Partnership with National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions in Support of U.S. Small Business Exporters
  • Press Release: EXIM Board Votes to Notify Congress of Two Potential Transactions Totaling $400 Million to Support an Estimated 1,700 U.S. Jobs, and American Small Business Exports

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release: USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for Iowa Disaster Areas

Department of Interior

  • Press Release: Trump Administration Adds James Weldon Johnson Park in Jacksonville to the African American Civil Rights Network

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Announces Actions To Assist Americans Impacted By Hurricane Laura
  • Press Release: As Schools Reopen, U.S. Department Of Labor Answers Questions About Eligibility for Paid Leave and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
  • Press Release: Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

Department of Education

  • Press Release: Secretary DeVos Congratulates 2020 President’s Education Awards Program Recipients

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: Trump Administration Will Deploy 150 Million Rapid Tests in 2020
  • Press Release: Trump Administration Announces the Distribution of $2.5 Billion to Nursing Homes for COVID-19 Relief Funding
  • Press Release: HHS Releases $1.5 Billion to States, Tribes to Combat Opioid Crisis
  • Press Release: HHS Secretary Azar declares public health emergencies in Louisiana and Texas due to Hurricane Laura (August 26, 2020)
  • Press Release: HHS Secretary Azar declares Public Health Emergency in California due to wildfires (August 26, 2020)

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | Daily Roundup August 27, 2020
  • Press Release: FDA Warns Consumers About Hand Sanitizer Packaged in Food and Drink Containers

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Synopsis of President Trump’s Tweets

  • August 28: “Great Ratings & Reviews Last Night. Thank you!”

Note:  President Trump’s tweets on Thursday focused on video of the final evening of the Republican National Convention.