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.

5:10 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Washington, D.C., en route to Fayetteville, NC

6:20 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at Fayetteville Regional Airport

6:30 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a Great American Comeback Event | Fayetteville, NC

7:50 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Fayetteville, NC, en route to Washington, D.C.

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

9:15 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at the White House

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

The White House had yet to release the Vice President’s schedule for Saturday.

Looking Ahead:  On Thursday, September 24, Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Wisconsin and Minnesota for a bus tour that begins Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  He will visit Midwest Manufacturing and deliver remarks at a Made In America event.  Vice President Pence will next visit Minneapolis, Minnesota, to participate in a Cops for Trump listening session.  Later that evening, the Vice President will return to Washington, D.C.

Recap of Friday, September 18, 2020

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

The White House

  • Statement from the President on the Passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Proclamation on the Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Remarks by President Trump in Press Briefing | September 18, 2020
  • Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure
  • Remarks by President Trump Before Air Force One Departure
  • Remarks by Vice President Pence at a Libre Initiative Roundtable | Phoenix, Arizona
  • Readout: Second Lady Karen Pence Highlights Veteran Suicide Prevention Efforts in Arizona
  • Statement from the Press Secretary (re: appealing a lower court decision on including illegal aliens in the population count used to reapportion congressional seats)
  • Statement from the Press Secretary on the Largest FEMA Infrastructure Grants Being Awarded to Puerto Rico
  • Fact Sheet: President Donald J. Trump Is Supporting The People of Puerto Rico as They Continue to Rebuild Following Natural Disasters
  • Text of a Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Persons who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism
  • Text of a Letter to the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate
  • Press Release: President Donald J. Trump is Awarding the Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander (His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait)
  • Presidential Message on the 73rd Birthday of the United States Air Force
  • Presidential Message on Rosh Hashanah, 2020
  • Proclamation on Farm Safety and Health Week, 2020
  • Proclamation on National Gang Violence Prevention Week, 2020
  • Proclamation on National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week, 2020

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Press Release: DOD Seeks Industry Input Into Dynamic Spectrum Sharing
  • Article: Esper Visits Aircraft Carrier, Discusses National Security With Sailors
  • Article: Norquist, Hyten Lead Pentagon’s POW/MIA Recognition Day Tribute
  • Contracts for September 18, 2020

Department of State

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on travel to Bogota, Colombia; and Plano, Texas, from September 19-20, 2020.

  • Daily Schedule | Saturday, September 19, 2020
  • September 18: Remarks | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Guyana President Mohamed Irfaan Ali at a Press Availability
  • September 18: Remarks | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo at a Press Availability
  • September 18: Fact Sheet | The United States and Brazil Reaffirm Strong Ties and Shared Democratic Values
  • September 18: Fact Sheet | Colombia and the United States: Strengthening Our Partnership
  • September 18: Readout | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with CARICOM Secretary-General LaRocque
  • September 18: Interview | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Leeron Brummel of National Communications Network
  • September 18: Joint Statement | Third U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue
  • September 18: Statement | OSCE Invokes Moscow Mechanism over Credible Reports of Human Rights Abuses and Election Irregularities in Belarus
  • September 18: Fact Sheet | The United States All-of-Government Response to COVID-19 in Pacific Island Countries
  • September 18: Statement | Nepali Constitution Day

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Press Release: USAID Delivers 200 Ventilators to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

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

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI)

Department of the Treasury

  • Press Release: United States and Republic of Indonesia Sign Cooperation Framework to Strengthen Infrastructure Finance and Market Building

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Statement by Attorney General William P. Barr on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Statement by Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey B. Wall on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Press Release: Justice Department Requires Divestiture In Order For Anheuser-Busch To Acquire Craft Brew Alliance
  • Press Release: Virginia Attorneys Sentenced for Attempting to Extort a Multinational Chemicals Company
  • Press Release: Two Individuals Charged with Bribery Related to Iraq Contracts
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Agriculture-Office of Inspector General and Justice Department Conduct Animal Welfare Criminal Investigations Training
  • Press Release: Operation Legend | Case of the Day (Northern District of Ohio)

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Customs and Border Protection (CBP)/U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services

  • Press Release: Weekly Update | DHS Response to COVID-19
  • Fact Sheet: DHS Measures on the Border to Limit the Further Spread of Coronavirus
  • Press Release: CBP Discovers $1.4 Million Meth Load in Altered Work Truck (Arizona)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Intercepts Large Fentanyl Load at Checkpoint (Arizona)
  • Press Release: Unmanned Aircraft Systems Lead to Several Arrests Throughout Del Rio Sector (Texas)
  • Press Release: Laredo CBP Officers Seize Over $2.1 Million Worth in Hard Narcotics in One Enforcement Action (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers Discover Narcotics Worth Over $2 Million at Pharr International Bridge (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Field Operations Seizes Narcotics Worth $681K at Mid-Valley International Bridges (Texas)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Agents Along with Michigan DNR Officers and EMS Respond to Save Man on MacArthur Bridge (Michigan)
  • Press Release: Counterfeit Designer Shoes, Handbags, & Clothes Seized by CBP in Louisville (Kentucky)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers Find $952K Worth of Cocaine in Emergency Food Pouches (Ohio)
  • Press Release: Dulles CBP Officers Seize nearly $340K in Unreported Currency from Six Departing Travelers (Virginia)
  • Press Release: USCIS Implements New Law Related to Citizenship for Children of Military Members and U.S. Government Employees Stationed Overseas

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: FEMA Response Update: Sally and Western Wildfires
  • Press Release: Photos of Whole-of-Government Sally, Wildfires Response
  • Press Release: FEMA Mobile Registration Intake Center Hours Change in Sonoma County (California)
  • Press Release: Disaster Recovery Center in Cedar Rapids to Close September 26 (Iowa)
  • Press Release: Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available Following Hurricane Laura (Louisiana)

Department of Commerce

  • Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the EDA Grant Announcement Leon County Research and Development Authority Tallahassee, Florida | September 17, 2020

US International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release: USITC Makes Determinations in Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews Concerning Kitchen Appliance Shelving and Racks from China

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release: EXIM Chairman Reed Highlights EXIM Work During Minority Enterprise Development Week
  • Readout from EXIM Chairman Reed’s Meeting with Kosovo Minister of Finance Bajrami and Kosovo Ambassador to the United States Çitaku

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release: WTAS | Trump Administration Provides Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus
  • Press Release: USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus
  • Press Release: Deputy Secretary Censky to Return to American Soybean Association (ASA) as CEO

Department of Interior

  • Press Release: Trump Administration Transfers Federal Water Projects in Utah to Local Water Users

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release: Air Travel Consumer Report | June 2020 and 2nd Quarter 2020 Numbers

Department of Labor

  • Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia on the Death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Announces Selected As Grand Prize Recipient of Veteran Employment Challenge
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Urges Workers, Employers and Public To Be Aware of Hazards After Hurricane Sally
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Announces Campaign to Share the Benefits Of Apprenticeships with Job Seekers and Employers
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Awards $11.2 Million In Worker Safety and Health Training Grants
  • Press Release: U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia Highlights Workforce Development In Elizabethtown, Kentucky
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor and Microsoft Corp. Enter Agreement to Resolve Alleged Hiring Discrimination Affecting 1,229 Applicants in Four States

Department of Education

  • Press Release: Secretary DeVos Announces Student-Centered Grant Awards to Expand Personalized Learning through Course Access, Student-Centered Funding

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | Daily Roundup September 18, 2020

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Synopsis of President Trump’s Tweets

  • September 18: Statement from the President on the Passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

  • September 18: “Today, I announced two of the LARGEST grants in history to Puerto Rico to rebuild its electrical grid system and education system. My Administration will be awarding $13 BILLION through FEMA – the largest obligations of funding ever awarded…”
  • September 18: “…Obama killed the pharmaceutical manufacturing business in Puerto Rico. We are bringing it back from China and other faraway lands.”
  • September 18: “Joe Biden delivered remarks to union members after spending 47 years giving their jobs to China and foreign countries in exchange for campaign cash…”
  • September 18: “…Biden is a corrupt globalist sellout who never missed a chance to stab American workers in the back. If Biden wins, China wins – it’s just that simple!”
  • September 18: “Joe Biden says this is a race between Scranton and Park Avenue. This is a race between Scranton and China. Joe Biden betrayed Scranton, and America, to China and foreign countries. I will always put America First!”
  • September 18: “Will be landing in Minnesota shortly where early VOTING has begun, and Absentee Ballots (information below) are now being sent out. Wish I could vote there, but I’ll have to rely on you! #Vote #TrumpPence2020”
  • September 18: “On my way to the Great State of Minnesota. See you soon! #MAGA”
  • September 18: “Happy #RoshHashanah”
  • September 18: “Sleepy Joe Biden just said that he wished I closed up one week earlier — but when I banned China from coming in, it took him TWO MONTHS to finally realize that was a good thing…”
  • September 18: “…Sleepy Joe doesn’t have a clue, just look at what his own people said about his handling of the Swine Flu. It was a disaster!”
  • September 18: “Jason Lewis (@LewisForMN) will be an incredible Senator for the State of Minnesota! He is a proven leader who will help us Lower your Taxes, Protect our Communities and Defend your Second Amendment…”
  • September 18: “…Jason worked with me to save Minneapolis along with your great National Guard after your local political leaders failed to do so. Jason has my Complete and Total Endorsement! #MNSEN”
  • September 18: “Congressman Jim Hagedorn (@JimHagedornMN) is an incredible advocate for Minnesota! He fights for our Farmers, Vets and Small Businesses, and he strongly defends your Second Amendment! Jim has my Complete and Total Endorsement! #MN01
  • September 18: “Tyler Kistner (@KistnerCongress) will be an incredible Congressman for Minnesota. A Marine Special Forces Veteran, he is Strong on National Security, the Economy, Law Enforcement & our America First agenda. Tyler has my Complete & Total Endorsement! #MN02”
  • September 18: “Michelle @FischbachMN7 is running for Congress in Minnesota. Michelle will protect the unborn, is Strong on Crime & Borders, Cutting Taxes, your #2A, Loves our Military, Vets, & will stand w/ our Great Farmers. Michelle has my Complete & Total Endorsement!”
  • September 18: “Congressman @PeteStauber fights for the hard-working people of Northeastern Minnesota! A former professional hockey player, Pete knows how to win. He stands for Law Enforcement, Small Business and our Vets. Pete has my Complete and Total Endorsement! #MN08”
  • September 18: “@ScottTaylorVA is a fighter for Virginia, and we need him back in Congress! He served our Country as a Navy SEAL, and he is Strong on the Border, Military, and the Second Amendment. Scott has my Complete and Total Endorsement! #VA02”
  • September 18: “Bob Good (@GoodForCongress) will be a terrific Congressman for Virginia! He is strong on the Economy, Law Enforcement, Life and our brave Military & Vets, and he will always protect your Second Amendment. Bob has my Complete and Total Endorsement! #VA05”
  • September 18: “Nick Freitas (@NickForVA) will be an incredible Congressman for the people of Virginia. A Green Beret Combat Veteran, he is Strong on the Military & Vets, the Economy, Healthcare, and the Second Amendment. Nick has my Complete and Total Endorsement! #VA07”
  • September 18: “THANK YOU! #MAGA”

  • September 18: “Fill out your information and get everything you need to cast your #VOTE. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
  • September 18: “Voting starts in Virginia TODAY, and we are going to WIN. You have a crazy Governor who wants to take away your guns, which he will do without me in office. He is in favor of executing babies after birth – this isn’t late-term abortion, this is a step way beyond! Vote for me…”
  • September 18: “…I’m playing for your guns, and I’m playing for your values. For all the Federal Employees in Virginia, remember, it was me that got you the Federal Pay Raises, not Sleepy Joe Biden. I’ll be having a Big Rally in Virginia, to be announced soon!”
  • September 18: “Happy Birthday to our GREAT @USAirforce! #USAF73”

  • September 18: “On National POW/MIA Recognition Day, The @FLOTUS and I honor the men & women of our Armed Forces who have selflessly served our Country & made tremendous sacrifices to defend our liberty. Our Nation remains committed to accounting for all missing Americans.

  • September 18: “Biden FAILED BADLY with the Swine Flu. It was the Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight”.  He didn’t have a clue. We have done an incredible job with the much tougher China Virus!”
  • September 18: “Mini Mike Bloomberg, after making a total fool of himself as he got badly beaten up by Pocahontas and the Democrats in the Primaries, is at it again. He tried to buy an Election and went away with a major case of Depression. Now he’s throwing money at the Dems, looking for a job!”
  • September 18: “Pelosi wants to take 30 Billion Dollars away from our great Farmers. Can’t let that happen!”