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.

12:30 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT participates in a High Holy Days Call with Jewish Leaders | Oval Office

1:30 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT has lunch with the Vice President | Private Dining Room

6:55 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at Capitol Hill Club | Washington, D.C.

7:00 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at National Republican Congressional Committee Battleground Dinner | Washington, D.C.

8:00 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at the White House

Looking Ahead:  On Thursday, September 17, President Donald Trump will participate in a credentialing ceremony for newly appointed ambassadors to Washington, D.C.  On Friday, September 18, the President will speak at rallies in Bemidji, Minnesota, and Mosinee, Wisconsin.

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

12:00 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at National Republican Congressional Committee Battleground Luncheon | Washington, D.C.

1:30 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT joins THE PRESIDENT for lunch | Private Dining Room

3:30 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Washington, D.C., en route Zanesville, OH, on Air Force Two

4:50 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Zanesville, OH, on Air Force Two

5:30 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at Workers for Trump | Muskingum County Fairgrounds | Zanesville, OH

7:50 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Zanesville, OH, en route Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two

8:45 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Washington, D.C. on Air Force Two

Looking Ahead:  On Friday, September 18, Vice President Pence will travel to Phoenix, Arizona, to participate in a Libre Initiative Roundtable for Hispanic Heritage Month.  Following, the Vice President will participate in a Veterans for Trump event, before returning to Washington, D.C., later that evening.

Recap of Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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

The White House

  • Signed Document: Abraham Accords Peace Agreement: Treaty of Peace, Diplomatic Relations and Full Normalization Between the United Arab Emirates and the State of Israel
  • Signed Document: The Abraham Accords Declaration
  • Signed Document: Abraham Accords | Declaration of Peace, Cooperation, and Constructive Diplomatic and Friendly Relations
  • Remarks by President Trump, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Minister bin Zayed, and Minister Al Zayani at the Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony
  • Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu of the State of Israel Before Bilateral Meeting
  • Fact Sheet: President Donald J. Trump is Promoting Peace and Stability in the Middle East
  • Presidential Proclamation on Revision to United States Marine Scientific Research Policy
  • Article: Incomes Hit a Record High and Poverty Reached a Record Low in 2019

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Advisory: Secretary Esper Travels to California; Meets With Local Defense Industry Companies and Visits Indo-Pacific Power Projection Platforms
  • Readout: Indian and U.S. Defense Delegations Conduct Virtual Discussion of Defense Cooperation
  • Article: Space Force Chief | U.S. Doesn’t Want War in Space, Must be Prepared for It
  • Contracts for September 15, 2020

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Wednesday, September 16
  • September 15: Interview | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo with Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe
  • September 15: Interview | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Lea Salame of France Inter
  • Advisory | Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Paramaribo, Georgetown, Boa Vista, Bogota, and Plano (Sept. 17-20)
  • September 15: Joint Statement | Mekong-U.S. Partnership Joint Ministerial Statement
  • September 15: Statement | The United States Condemns the Ortega Regime’s Attack on the Free Press
  • September 15: Sanctions | The United States Sanctions Chinese State-Owned Entity for its Role in Corruption in Cambodia
  • September 15: Sanctions | Sanctions on Nabah Ltd. Owned or Controlled by Corrupt Businessman Ashraf Al-Cardinal
  • September 15: Sanctions | Former First Lady of The Gambia Sanctioned for Supporting the Former President’s Corruption
  • September 15: Statement | Papua New Guinea Independence Day
  • September 15: Statement | Honduras’ Independence Day
  • September 15: Statement | Guatemala Independence Day
  • September 15: Statement | El Salvador Independence Day
  • September 15: Statement | Costa Rica’s Independence Day

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Statement on the Mandate Renewal for the UN Support Mission in Libya
  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Yemen
  • Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2543 on the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
  • Statement on the Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

Department of the Treasury

  • Sanctions: Treasury Sanctions Chinese Entity in Cambodia Under Global Magnitsky Authority
  • Sanctions: Treasury Targets Support to Designated Corrupt Actors

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: Unregistered ICO Issuer Agrees to Disable Tokens and Pay Penalty for Distribution to Harmed Investors

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: Former Employee At Los Alamos National Laboratory Sentenced To Probation For Making False Statements About Being Employed By China
  • Press Release: Two Alleged Hackers Charged with Defacing Websites Following Killing of Qasem Soleimani
  • Press Release: Somerset County Man Admits Concealing Material Support to Hamas
  • Speech: Associate Deputy Attorney General Sujit Raman Delivers Remarks at the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)/Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)  Facial Recognition Technology Forum
  • Press Release: Operation Legend | Case of the Day (District of New Mexico)
  • Press Release: Texas Woman Charged with Fraudulently Obtaining Nearly $2 Million in COVID Relief Funds
  • Press Release: Quantadyn Corporation And Owner Settle False Claims Act Allegations of Bribery To Obtain Government Contracts For Simulators
  • Press Release: District Court Orders Illinois Sprouts And Soybean Products Company To Comply With Food Safety Rules
  • Press Release: Justice Department Settles With Texas Based Furniture and Appliances Chain for Charging Servicemembers Excess Interest
  • Press Release: Vermont Man Charged with Hiring Person to Kidnap and Kill a Man in a Foreign Country, and Producing and Receiving Child Pornography
  • Press Release: Former DEA Agent and His Wife Plead Guilty for Roles in Scheme to Divert Drug Proceeds From Undercover Money Laundering Investigations
  • Press Release: Justice Department Settles Claims Against Borough of Woodcliff Lake Involving Denial of Permit to Orthodox Jewish Group to Construct Worship Center
  • Press Release: Justice Department Settles Race Discrimination Case Against a Florida City Securing $195,000 in Lost Wages and Damages

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

  • DHS Statement on OIG Letter Criticizing GAO’s Leadership Succession Report
  • Press Release: CISA to Oversee CVE Numbering Authorities for Industrial Control Systems and Medical Devices
  • Press Release: CBP Officers Bust Open Quartz Boulders to Seize Cocaine and Methamphetamine Cemented Inside (California)
  • Press Release: USBP Arrest 3 Smugglers, Seize Meth (California)
  • Press Release: Yuma Sector Border Patrol Agents Arrest a Passenger Smuggling Fentanyl on a Shuttle Van (Arizona)
  • Press Release: World Trade Bridge Officers Intercept Methamphetamine Worth Over $1.8 Million (Texas)
  • Press Release: Brackettville Border Patrol Agents Arrest Gang Member (Texas)
  • Press Release: RGV Agents Identify Two Felons and a Gang Member (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP and GSA Partner with City of Pharr to Further Enhance Agriculture Processing Capabilities at the Pharr Port of Entry (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Chicago Seize $204K of Watches & Earphones for Violating Apple Trademark (Illinois)
  • Press Release: CBP Memphis Officers Intercept Three Unique Illegal Drug Shipments (Tennessee)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol in Maine Arrests Seven in Three Separate Events in Northern Maine (Maine)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: ICYMI | FEMA Wildfire and Hurricane Sally Update
  • Press Release: FEMA Releases IPAWS Program Planning Toolkit
  • Press Release: President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Oregon
  • Press Release: President Donald J. Trump Approves Alabama Emergency Declaration
  • Press Release: Disaster declaration amendment expands wildfire recovery assistance (California)
  • Press Release: Prepare Now for Future Disasters | Protect Your Home and Family (Michigan)
  • Press Release: Drive-thru Disaster Recovery Centers Opening in Caddo, Vermilion Parishes (Louisiana)
  • Press Release: Sowing Seeds of Resilience on St. Thomas and St. John (U.S. Virgin Islands)

Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR)

  • Statement: USTR Statement on Canadian Aluminum
  • Statement: WTO Report on US Action Against China Shows Necessity for Reform

Department of Commerce

  • Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Virtual Business Forum | September 14, 2020
  • Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at MBDA’s 2020 Minority Enterprise Development Week | September 14, 2020
  • Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the First Meeting of the National Council for Expanding American Innovation | September 14, 2020
  • Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue | September 14, 2020

US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

  • Press Release: DFC and EXIM Sign LOIs with Serbia and Kosovo to Invest in The Peace Highway

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Readout from EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed’s Meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg J. Randolph Evans
  • Press Release: EXIM and U.S. International Development Finance Corporation Sign Letters of Interest with Serbia and Kosovo Supporting the Peace Highway

Department of Energy

  • Press Release: DOE Invests $34 Million to Develop Small-Scale Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Systems

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Awards $32 Million in Grants To Workforce Information Grants to States
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Awards Work Opportunity Tax Credit Grants
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Awards Nearly $11.2 Million in Dislocated Worker Grants in Response to Coronavirus Public Health Emergency
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Announces Availability of $40 Million To Address Rural Healthcare Workforce Shortages

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: OCR Settles Five More Investigations in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: FDA Publishes Comparative Performance Data for COVID-19 Molecular Diagnostic Tests
  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | Daily Roundup September 15, 2020
  • Press Release: FDA issues first injunction under Produce Safety Rule to Illinois-based food manufacturer for repeated food safety violations

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Synopsis of President Trump’s Tweets

  • September 16: “Thank you for the great reviews of the @ABC News show last night!”
  • September 16: “Great News: BIG TEN FOOTBALL IS BACK. All teams to participate. Thank you to the players, coaches, parents, and all school representatives. Have a FANTASTIC SEASON! It is my great honor to have helped!!!”
  • September 16: “China is drooling. They can’t believe this!”  Retweet:  The United Spot @TheUnitedSpot1 · 12h · Joe Biden has just ONE thing to say and it ain’t good. Listen to this”  [Video]
  • September 16: “‘Cratered’. We have plenty of politics to go around without disrespecting our great American Flag or Anthem. I thought the NFL learned their lesson two years ago. The people will not put up with this (again). Just not worth it, hard to watch!”  Retweet:  David Hookstead @dhookstead · Sep 14 · The NFL’s TV ratings have crated, and are reportedly down 28% to open the season compared to 2019. This is what happens when you make sports about politics. People stop watching.
  • September 15: “It is STOPPED!”  Retweet:  Lou Dobbs @LouDobbs · Sep 14 · CDC Ignores Presidential Order and Moves Forward with Critical Race Theory Program — Pushing Marxist Garbage that Accuses Police of Racism via @gatewaypundit
  • September 15: “Great to be back in Philadelphia. Thank you Pennsylvania, see you again soon! #MAGA”

  • September 15: “Tonight at 9:00 P.M. Enjoy!”  Retwee:  ABC News @ABC · 4h · Uncommitted voters in the crucial swing state of Pennsylvania put their questions to Pres. Donald Trump—with no issue off-limits. @GStephanopoulos hosts ‘The President and the People,’ an @ABC News special event, tonight at 9|8c.
  • September 15: “After decades of division and conflict, we mark the dawn of a new Middle East. Congratulations to the people of Israel, the people of the United Arab Emirates, and the people of the Kingdom of Bahrain. God Bless You All!” [Video]
  • September 15: Retweet:  Senate Republicans @SenateGOP · 9h ·
    • ✓ SIGNED: The Abraham Accords
    • This is a historic day for American leadership.
    • This is a historic breakthrough for lasting peace in the Middle East.

  • September 15: “Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!”
  • September 15: [Video:  Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony]
  • September 15:  “HISTORIC day for PEACE in the Middle East — I am welcoming leaders from Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Bahrain to the White House to sign landmark deals that no one thought was possible. MORE countries to follow!”