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.

12:00 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Miami, FL, en route to Fort Myers, FL

12:45 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at Southwest Florida International Airport | Fort Myers, FL

1:30 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on Protecting America’s Seniors | Fort Myers, FL

3:10 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Fort Myers, FL, en route to Ocala, FL

4:05 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at Ocala International Airport

4:15 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a Make America Great Again Rally | Ocala, FL

5:35 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Ocala, FL, en route to Macon, GA

6:40 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at Middle Georgia Regional Airport | Macon, GA

7:00 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a Make America Great Again Rally | Macon, GA

8:35 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Macon, GA, en route to Washington, D.C.

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

10:30PM THE PRESIDENT arrives at the White House

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

10:30 a.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT leads a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting | White House Situation Room

12:25 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Washington, D.C., en route Morrisville, NC, on Air Force Two

1:25 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Morrisville, NC, on Air Force Two | Raleigh-Durham International Airport

2:30 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a Make America Great Again! Event | Selma, NC

5:00 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Morrisville, NC, en route Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two

6:00 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two

Recap of Thursday, October 15, 2020

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

The White House

  • Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure
  • Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies
  • Readout: Second Lady Karen Pence Highlights the President’s Executive Order to Safeguard American’s Mental Health and to Prevent Suicide

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Speech: Defense Secretary Readiness Remarks at Heritage Foundation
  • Speech: Defense Secretary Remarks at the 2020 Association of the U.S. Army Conference
  • Article: People, Policy, Performance Readiness Mean U.S. Prepared to Fight
  • Article: Esper Discusses New Technologies Designed to Give Warfighters the Advantage
  • Press Release: Five Eyes Defense Ministers’ Meeting
  • Press Release: Department of Defense Announces $197.2 Million for Microelectronics
  • Press Release: DOD Establishes Joint Hypersonics Transition Office Systems Engineering Field Activity at NSWC Crane
  • Readout of Deputy Defense Secretary David L. Norquist Travel to the United Kingdom
  • Contracts for October 15, 2020

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Friday, October 16
  • October 15: Readout | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Uruguayan Foreign Minister Bustillo
  • October 15: Readout | Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Visit to Bangladesh
  • October 15: Transcript | Briefing With Senior State Department Officials On the Upcoming Elections in Bolivia
  • October 15: Statement | United States Releases National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies
  • October 15: Joint Press Statement of the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • October 15: Statement | On the Passing of Former Palau President Kuniwo Nakamura
  • October 15: Advisory | Applications Open for 2020 Veterans Innovation Partnership Fellowship
  • October 15: Interview | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Erick Erickson of The Erick Erickson Show on WSB Atlanta
  • October 15: Interview | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Jayme West and Jim Sharpe of Arizona Morning News on KTAR Phoenix
  • October 15: Interview | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Paul W. Smith of The Paul W. Smith Show on WJR Detroit
  • October 15: Interview | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Tony Katz of The Morning News on WIBC Indianapolis
  • October 15: Interview | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Bud Hedinger of Good Morning Orlando on WFLA Orlando

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue on Torture (via VTC)
  • Statement at the 75th General Assembly Sixth Committee Agenda Item Number 152: Administration of Justice
  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Yemen
  • Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution on the Mandate Renewal of the UN Integrated Office in Haiti

Department of the Treasury

  • Press Release: Publication of FAQs related to a report pursuant to section 5(a) of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act; Hong Kong-related Designation Updates

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: SEC and CFTC to Hold a Joint Open Meeting on October 22
  • Press Release: SEC Charges Andeavor for Inadequate Controls Around Authorization of Stock Buyback Plan
  • Press Release: Board Member James G. Kaiser to Retire From the PCAOB; Contributed Substantially to PCAOB Strategic Plan and the Use of Technology to Enhance Audit Quality
  • Press Release: SEC Appoints PCAOB Chief Auditor Megan Zietsman to PCAOB Board
  • Press Release: SEC Awards $800,000 to Whistleblower

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: Justice Department Announces $29 Million To Support Justice And Mental Health Programs
  • Press Release: Department Of Justice Is Combatting COVID-19 Fraud But Reminds The Public To Remain Vigilant
  • Press Release: United States Unseals Superseding Indictment Charging Nationwide Money Laundering Network
  • Press Release: Officials Announce International Operation Targeting Transnational Criminal Organization QQAAZZ that Provided Money Laundering Services to High-Level Cybercriminals
  • Press Release: Justice Department And Indian Authorities Announce Enforcement Actions Against Technical-Support Fraud Scheme Targeting Seniors
  • Press Release: Founder and CEO of Iranian Financial Services Firm Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring to Violate U.S. Sanctions
  • Press Release: Five Alleged Members of the Gangster Disciples Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges
  • Press Release: Colorado Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime and Explosives Charges for Plotting to Blow up Synagogue
  • Press Release: Two Individuals And Two Companies Sentenced In Scheme To Fraudulently Sell Popular Dietary Supplements
  • Press Release: Private Equity CEO Enters into Non-prosecution Agreement on International Tax Fraud Scheme and Agrees to Pay $139 Million, to Abandon $182 Million in Charitable Contribution Deductions, and to Cooperate with Government Investigations
  • Press Release: CEO of Multibillion-dollar Software Company Indicted for Decades-long Tax Evasion and Wire Fraud Schemes
  • Press Release: Fugitive Charged with Leading Multimillion Dollar Fraud Scheme, Falsifying Evidence, and Tax Crimes
  • Press Release: Michigan Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Defraud the IRS and to Steal Crash Reports from the Detroit Police Department
  • Press Release: North Carolina Return Preparer Pleads Guilty in Tax Fraud Scheme
  • Press Release: Alabama Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Filing False Tax Returns

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

  • Press Release: CBP Detains Shipment of Chinese Apparel Suspected to be Made with Forced Labor in Xinjiang (California)
  • Press Release: Cocaine, Counterfeit Viagra and Undeclared Currency Seized by CBP in San Juan and Aguadilla (Puerto Rico)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers Seize more than $1.7 Million Dollars in Unapproved e-Cigarette Products in Allentown (Pennsylvania)
  • Press Release: Stash House in North Laredo Discovered and Shut Down (Texas)
  • Press Release: Two Human Smuggling Cases Linked and a Child is Reunited with Parents (Texas)
  • Press Release: Dangerous Smuggling Act in Train Car Averted (Texas)
  • Press Release: Nearly 300 Individuals Apprehended in Eighteen Hours (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers Intercept More Than $3.2 Million in Hard Narcotics Over the Weekend at the Laredo Port of Entry (Texas)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: Disaster Recovery Center in Davenport to Close October 16 (Iowa)
  • Press Release: FEMA Awards More Than $3.5 Million to Connecticut for COVID Expenses

Department of Commerce

  • Press Release: Secretary Ross Highlights Commerce Actions Supporting Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies
  • Blog: Secretary Ross Announces National Grant Competition to Support America’s Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

US International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release: USITC Makes Determination in Five-Year (Sunset) Review Concerning Tetrahydrofurfuryl Alcohol from China

US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

  • Press Release: DFC Announces New Global Development Strategy to Catalyze $75 Billion by 2025
  • Press Release: U.S. Delegation Advances Economic Growth, Private Sector Investment in Suriname, Guyana, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release: EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed Recognizes Illinois Small Business Development Center’s International Trade Centers as 2020 EXIM Regional Export Promotion Program Member of the Year
  • Press Release: EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed Presents RPS Corporation of Racine, Wisconsin, the EXIM Exporter of the Year Award
  • Press Release: EXIM Chairman Reed Participates in International Aviation Women’s Association 32nd Annual Conference
  • Readout: EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed Joins U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven and North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring in Underscoring EXIM’s Role in Supporting North Dakota Jobs During Trade Finance Town Hall

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release: Trump Administration Invests $750,000 in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Pennsylvania
  • Press Release: Trump Administration Invests $6 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural South Dakota

Department of Energy

  • Press Release: U.S. Energy Secretary Brouillette Applauds National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Energy Announces $27 Million in Plastics Recycling Research and Development

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release: U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Over $220 Million in Grants for America’s Ports
  • Press Release: U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Historic Commercial Space Transportation Reforms

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report
  • Press Release: Atlanta Condominium Management Company Pays Back Wages to Employee Denied Paid Sick Leave to Care for Child after Daycare Closed Due to Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Press Release: Federal Court Orders Kentucky Bankers Association to Pay $1,561,818 In Losses to Benefits Plan After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Violations

Department of Education

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Education Releases 2017-18 Civil Rights Data Collection

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: HHS Awards Contract to Improve Maternal Health Data Collection and Drive Clinical Quality Improvement
  • Press Release: HHS Issues Challenges to Find Best Practices in Maternal Health
  • Press Release: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health Presents Award to Dr. Kwaku Ohene-Frempong
  • Press Release: HHS Awards Nearly $500 million to Support Primary Health Care Workforce Nationwide

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | Daily Roundup October 15, 2020
  • Press Release: FDA Reissues Emergency Use Authorization for Certain Non-NIOSH-Approved Filtering Face-Piece Respirators Manufactured in China
  • Press Release: FDA Warns that Using a Type of Pain and Fever Medication in Second Half of Pregnancy Could Lead to Complications

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Synopsis of President Trump’s Tweets

  • October 16: “There is a nasty rumor out there that @SenatorCollins of Maine will not be supporting our great United States Supreme Court Nominee. Well, she didn’t support Healthcare or my opening up 5000 square miles of Ocean to Maine, so why should this be any different. Not worth the work!”
  • October 16: “Big T was not a reference to me, but rather to Big Tech, which should have been properly pointed out in Twitter’s Fake Trending Section!”
  • October 16: “Steve Scully of @cspan had a very bad week. When his name was announced, I said he would not be appropriate because of conflicts. I was right! Then he said he was hacked, he wasn’t. I was right again! But his biggest mistake was “confiding” in a lowlife loser like the Mooch. Sad!”
  • October 16: “Very good reviews on last night’s @NBCNews Town Hall in Miami. Thank you!!!”
  • October 16: “Polls numbers are looking very strong. Big crowds, great enthusiasm. Massive RED WAVE coming!!!”
  • October 16: “Biden lied Pennsylvania!”  Retweet:  Senator Rand Paul @RandPaul · Oct 7 · In case you’re watching Senator Harris lie about fracking right now, both she and VP Biden are on record, on video and will absolutely ban fracking. They seek to end coal and all fossil fuels. #VPDebate…
  • October 16: “Thank you LIBERTARIANS. We are getting it all done, and FAST! VOTE TRUMP!!!”  Retweet:  Senator Rand Paul @RandPaul · Oct 11 · Just spoke with at @realDonaldTrump . He sounds great and wants libertarians and everyone across the country to know he is ending the war in Afghanistan!
  • October 16: “The process has long begun. Happening fast!”  Retweet:  Concerned Vets @ConcernedVets · Oct 14 · The 2001 AUMF should not be used to deploy hundreds of American soldiers to places like Somalia. @RandPaul is right – we need Congressional approval.  It’s time for @realDonaldTrump to bring our men and women home! #EndEndlessWars
  • October 16: “Great!”  Retweet:  Texas GOP @TexasGOP · Oct 13 ·   #Election2020
  • October 16: “Sleepy Joe Biden had a very bad showing last night, despite the fact that @GStephanopoulos didn’t ask him any questions on his being a “corrupt politician”. Big Tech & Lamestream Media are working hard to hide this corruption!!!”
  • October 16: “Ammar is a puppet for Nancy Pelosi and the Radical Left. He spells higher taxes, weak Military and Vet support, and the obliteration of your 2nd”  Retweet:  Darrell Issa @DarrellIssa US House candidate, CA-50 · Oct 12 · Ammar, you lied to the district when you said that your outrageous conspiracy theory was somehow vindicated by the fact that an outside group is spreading your lie. The group  one of the PACs Nancy Pelosi funnels her money through. Nancy Pelosi Donated 302,650$ to it this year!
  • October 16: “Darrell is great. He has my Complete and Total Endorsement. He will Never let you down. WARRIOR!!!!”  Retweet:  Darrell Issa @DarrellIssa US House candidate, CA-50 · Sep 25 · I ran for Congress for the same reason I enlisted in the Army at age 17 — out a sense of duty to my community.
  • October 16: “Jason wrote a new book. It is fantastic. Order it Now, make Jason #1- He deserves it!!!”  Retweet:  Jason Chaffetz @jasoninthehouse · 8h · So so true…
  • October 16: “Thank you!”  Retweet:  Marianna Sotomayor @MariannaNBCNews · Oct 12 · Dozens of Trump supporters were loudly chanting a mix of “Four more years,” “Trump” and “USA” throughout the event, growing louder anytime @JoeBiden mentioned the president. [Video]
  • October 16: “Twitter Shuts Down Entire Network To Slow Spread Of Negative Biden News  via @TheBabylonBee  Wow, this has never been done in history. This includes his really bad interview last night. Why is Twitter doing this. Bringing more attention to Sleepy Joe & Big T [Article]
  • October 15: “Pelosi is holding up STIMULUS, not the Republicans!”
  • October 15: “I will be doing a major Fake @NBCNews Town Hall Forum, live tonight from Miami, at 8:00 P.M. They asked me to do it in place of the Rigged Steve Scully (he is now suspended from @cspan for lying) Debate. I wonder if they’ll treat me as well as Sleepy Joe? They should!”
  • October 15: “I was right again! Steve Scully just admitted he was lying about his Twitter being hacked. The Debate was Rigged! He was suspended from @cspan indefinitely. The Trump Campaign was not treated fairly by the ‘Commission’. Did I show good instincts in being the first to know?”
  • October 15: “If we don’t win, the Radical Left will destroy our Country. Biden refuses to answer questions on packing the SCOTUS! Dems will pack the Court w/ radical left justices who will shred the #2A, empower violent mobs, and protect terrorists & violent criminals!
  • October 15: “Joe Biden and the Democrat Socialists will kill your jobs, dismantle your police departments, dissolve your borders, release criminal aliens, raise your taxes, confiscate your guns, end fracking, destroy your suburbs, and drive God from the public square.”
  • October 15: “If Big Tech persists, in coordination with the mainstream media, we must immediately strip them of their Section 230 protections. When government granted these protections, they created a monster!”
  • October 15: “It was great to be back in North Carolina with thousands of loyal, hardworking American Patriots! This election is a simple choice: If Biden Wins, China Wins. When WE Win, YOU WIN, North Carolina WINS, and America WINS!”

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  • October 15: “If Biden wins—China will OWN the United States…”
  • October 15: “Heading to North Carolina soon. Really Big Crowd. We will have a great time!!!”
  • October 15: “Will be interviewed by @Varneyco on @FoxBusiness at 10:00 A.M.  Enjoy!”