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.

11:00 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks to the Economic Clubs of New York; Florida; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Pittsburgh; and Sheboygan | Rose Garden

4:25 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Washington, D.C., en route to Des Moines, IA

5:50 p.m. CDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at Des Moines International Airport

6:00 p.m. CDT – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a Make America Great Again Rally | Des Moines, IA

7:30 p.m. CDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Des Moines, IA, en route to Washington, D.C.

10:25 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at Joint Base Andrews

10:45 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 Grand Rapids, MI, on Air Force Two

12:10 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Grand Rapids, MI, on Air Force Two | Gerald R. Ford International Airport

12:40 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a Make America Great Again! Event | Grand Rapids, MI

2:45 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Grand Rapids, MI, en route Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two

4:10 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two

Recap of Tuesday, October 13, 2020

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

The White House

  • Executive Order on Modernizing America’s Water Resource Management and Water Infrastructure
  • Executive Order on Establishing the One Trillion Trees Interagency Council
  • Memorandum on Stopping Counterfeit Trafficking on E-Commerce Platforms Through Fines and Civil Penalties
  • Presidential Message on the 245th Birthday of the United States Navy
  • Bills Signed Into Law:
    • 490, the “B–47 Ridge Designation Act,” which designates a mountain ridge in the State of Montana as the B-47 Ridge;
    • 1646, which designates the community-based outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Augustine, Florida, as the Leo C. Chase Jr. Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic; and
    • 4072, which designates the clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Bend, Oregon, as the Robert D. Maxwell Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic.

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Press Release: Federal Electronic Health Record Connects With More Community Partners
  • Press Release: DOD Awards $481 Million Other Transaction Agreement to Cue Health to Increase Domestic Production Capacity of Point-of-Care Testing
  • Contracts for October 13, 2020

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Wednesday, October 14
  • October 13: Speech | America Stands for Freedom
  • October 13: Statement | On Transparency and Foreign Funding of U.S. Think Tanks
  • October 13: Statement | On the UN Human Rights Council’s Embrace of Authoritarian Regimes
  • October 13: Readout | Under Secretary Hale’s Calls with Moldovan President Dodon and Former Prime Minister Sandu
  • October 13: Statement | Fortune’s Most Powerful Women to Mentor Women Leaders from Around the World
  • October 13: Statement | Department of State Offers Reward for Information to Bring Mexican Transnational Criminal to Justice
  • October 13: Statement | On the Exile of Catholic Archbishop Kondrusiewicz (Belarus)
  • October 13: Statement | U.S. Response to Turkey’s Renewed Survey Activity in the Eastern Mediterranean
  • October 13: Advisory | Fifth U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) Senior Economic Dialogue (SED) (Oct. 13)
  • October 13: Advisory | Assistant Secretary Natali to Travel to France (Oct. 13-17)
  • October 13: Advisory | Secretary Pompeo to Launch U.S.-Saudi Arabia Strategic Dialogue (Oct. 14)

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Director of the New York Office for OHCHR (via VTC)
  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Great Lakes (Africa)
  • Remarks at a Tribute to the Memory of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of the State of Kuwait

Department of the Treasury

  • Press Release: G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Statement on Digital Payments
  • Readout from a Treasury Spokesperson on Secretary Mnuchin’s Video Conference with G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: Tamara Brightwell Named Deputy Director of Division of Corporation Finance’s Disclosure Review Program
  • Press Release: Jessica Kane Named Director of Division of Corporation Finance’s Disclosure Review Program

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: Department of Justice Forecasts an Increase in Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) Protection Activities and Criminal Enforcement Actions
  • Press Release: Justice Department Charges More than 14,200 Defendants with Firearms-Related Crimes in FY20
  • Press Release: Operation Legend | Case of the Day (Northern District of Ohio)
  • Press Release: American Contractor Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Steal Government Equipment from U.S. Military Base in Afghanistan
  • Press Release: Michigan Man Charged with Hate Crimes for Attacking African-American Teenager

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

  • Press Release: Acting Secretary Wolf Condemns Attempted Kidnapping of Governor’s Whitmer and Northam after Tuesday’s Federal Hearing
  • Press Release: Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Seizes more than $900K Worth of Drugs (Texas)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Agents Remain Vigilant at Checkpoints within the Rio Grande Valley (Texas)
  • Press Release: Philadelphia CBP Ecstasy Seizure ends in Arrest of Florida Man (Pennsylvania)
  • Press Release: 30 Pounds of Illegal Ketamine Seized by Cincinnati CBP (Ohio)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: Photos of Whole-of-Government Hurricane Delta Response
  • Press Release: FEMA Provides $12.8 Million to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency
  • Press Release: Annual “Great ShakeOut” Earthquake Drill Set for October 15 (Region 3)
  • Press Release: FEMA Mobile Registration Center Opens in Walton County (Florida)
  • Press Release: Understanding Your FEMA Letter (Florida)
  • Press Release: FEMA Obligates Over $238 Million to PREPA for Earthquake Damage (Puerto Rico)

Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR)

  • Statement: EU Has No Legal Basis to Impose Aircraft Tariffs; WTO Award Relates Only to Now-Repealed Tax Break, Rejects EU Request on Other Measures
  • Press Release: Ambassador Robert Lighthizer Issues Statement Concerning the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act

US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

  • Press Release: U.S. Delegation to Visit Suriname, Guyana, Jamaica, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic (Oct. 13-15)

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release: EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed Presents Exporter of the Year Award to Minnetonka, Minnesota Small Business Fireaway, Inc.

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Statement from Secretary Perdue on President Trump’s Trillion Trees EO
  • Press Release: Trump Administration Invests $46.4 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Illinois
  • Press Release: Trump Administration Invests $46.5 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Alaska
  • Press Release: Trump Administration Invests $5.4 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Iowa
  • Press Release: Trump Administration Invests $6.3 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Colorado

Department of Energy

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Energy Announces $160 Million in First Awards under Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Energy Provides $65 Million for ‘Connected Communities’ of Buildings Powered to Transform Electric System

Department of Interior

  • Press Release: Trump Administration Furthers Commitment to One Trillion Trees Initiative

Department of Labor

  • Statement from U.S. Department of Labor (re: Secretary Scalia’s wife tests positive for COVID-19; Secretary Scalia tested negative)
  • Press Release: U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia Highlights Workforce Development In Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Press Release: U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia Highlights Workforce Development in Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: Trump Administration Expands Manufacturing Capacity with Cytiva for Components of COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Press Release: Trump Administration Makes Major Investment to Increase Availability of Fast Molecular POC Test

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | Daily Roundup October 13, 2020
  • Press Release: FDA Warns Dietary Supplement Companies Illegally Selling Products Containing Cesium Chloride

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Synopsis of President Trump’s Tweets

  • October 13: “Great night in Pennsylvania. Big and Enthusiastic Crowd. Will be back soon. VOTE!!!”
  • October 13: “Vote for Trump. Save your 2nd Amendment!”  Retweet:  WAVY TV 10 @WAVY_News · 9h · A lawsuit seeking to extend Virginia’s voter registration deadline was filed Tuesday night after the state’s Department of Election’s online portal was shut down for more than five hours on the last day to register to vote.
  • October 13: “I will never let you down! #MAGA”  Retweet:  National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) @GLFOP · 9h · The brave men & women of law enforcement have been attacked & ambushed across the country. They want a strong leader that’ll #BackTheBlue. There hasn’t been a more outspoken supporter of the police than @realDonaldTrump  We need #FourMoreYears of America’s Law and Order President
  • October 13:

  • October 13: “For years you had a President who apologized for America – now you have a President who is standing up for America, and standing up for Pennsylvania. So get your friends, get your family, get your neighbors, and GET OUT AND VOTE!

  • October 13: “Proud citizens like you helped build this Country—and together, we are taking back our Country. We are returning power to YOU, the American People! #MAGA”

  • October 13: “This election is a simple choice: If Biden Wins, China Wins. When WE Win, YOU WIN, Pennsylvania WINS, and America WINS!”
  • October 13: “One of the most important issues for Pennsylvania is the survival of your fracking industry. Joe Biden has repeatedly pledged to abolish fracking. When asked about fracking, Biden said he would “make sure it’s ELIMINATED!” With me, you’re going to FRACK!”
  • October 13: “Thank you Johnstown, Pennsylvania!”

  • October 13: “You mean only Democrats are allowed to do this? But haven’t the Dems been doing this for years? See you in court. Fight hard Republicans!”  Retweet:  Sarah Parvini (سارا) @sarahparvini · Oct 12 · California’s attorney general and chief elections officer demanded GOP campaign officials stop using private ballot collection containers marked as “official” drop-boxes, saying the boxes that have appeared in communities across the state are illegal
  • October 13: “Watch @OANN, @newsmax, @cspan. Just arrived in Pennsylvania. Enjoy!”
  • October 13: “Getting ready to land in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Big crowd. See you soon!!!”
  • October 13: “Totally Negative China Virus Reports. Hit it early and hard. Fake News is devastated. They are very bad (and sick!) people!”
  • October 13: “How dare failed Presidential Candidate (1% and falling!) @CoryBooker make false charges and statements about me in addressing Judge Barrett. Illegally, never even lived in Newark when he was Mayor. Guy is a total loser! I want better Healthcare for far less money, always…..”
  • October 13: “….protecting people with Pre-existing conditions. He has done nothing on Healthcare, cost or otherwise, or virtually anything else. An empty suit!!!”
  • October 13: “Early voting is underway in the Great States of GEORGIA and TEXAS. Find out where to early vote by clicking below! #MAGA”

  • October 13: “Happy 245th Birthday to our GREAT @USNavy! #Navy245”  Retweet:  S. Navy @USNavy · 16h · Happy 245th #Birthday, Shipmates! May we all continue to serve with Honor, Courage, and Commitment and uphold the long #USNavy tradition of “Victory at Sea.” #Navy245  [Video]
  • October 13: “Volunteer to be a Trump Election Poll Watcher. Sign up today! #MakeAmericaGreatAgain”

  • October 13: “Join me on Thursday afternoon (1:00pmE) in Greenville, North Carolina at the Pitt-Greenville Airport! #MAGA”
  • October 13: “Join me Friday (10/16) in Ocala, Florida at the Ocala International Airport at 4:00pmE! #MAGA”
  • October 13: “Join me Friday (10/16) evening at 7:00pmE in Macon, Georgia at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport! #MAGA”
  • October 13: “Join me tomorrow tonight (Wednesday) in Iowa, at the Des Moines International Airport!”
  • October 13: “This is happening all over the U.S. Rigged Election???”  Retweet:  Sierra Fox @Sierra8News · 12h · STOLEN MAIL Open mailbox with raised flag $10K reward offered for information to help catch mail thieves. Right now, it’s not clear if ballots were taken. Know something? Contact @USPS. Watch as @8NEWS Investigates #TakingAction:
  • October 13: “STIMULUS! Go big or go home!!!”
  • October 13: “‘The Radical Left is trying hard to undermine the Christopher Columbus legacy. A great Italian opened new chapter in history of humanity by discovering the Americas’.  @OANN   Not on my watch!”
  • October 13: “Actually, Tony’s pitching arm is far more accurate than his prognostications. ‘No problem, no masks’. WHO no longer likes Lockdowns – just came out against. Trump was right. We saved 2,000,000 USA lives!!!”  Retweet:  Pat St. Claire @PatStClaire · Oct 11 · “Fauci’s quote is from an interview with Fox News in March. … Fauci praised the White House coronavirus task force’s round-the-clock effort to respond to the pandemic, which he says included numerous White House meetings and late-night phone calls.”
  • October 13: “We love the people of Lake Charles, Louisiana. You’ve been hit hard , and often, but your Federal Government is there to help. It will all work out, and FAST!!! @fema @USArmy”
  • October 13: “Republicans will be providing far better Healthcare than the Democrats, at a far lower cost…And will always protect people with Pre-existing conditions!!!!”