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.

5:05 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Washington, D.C., en route to Charlotte, NC

6:20 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at Charlotte Douglas International Airport | Charlotte, NC

6:30 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Charlotte, NC, en route to Gastonia, NC

6:55 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at Gastonia Municipal Airport | Gastonia, NC

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

8:25 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Gastonia, NC, en route to Charlotte, NC

8:50 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at Charlotte Douglas International Airport | Charlotte, NC

9:00 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Charlotte, NC, en route to Washington, D.C.

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

10:30 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at the White House

Looking Ahead:  On Thursday, President Donald Trump will participate in the presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee.

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

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

1:45 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Portsmouth, NH, on Air Force Two | Portsmouth International Airport at Pease

2:00 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a Make America Great Again! Event | Portsmouth International Airport at Pease

3:40 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Portsmouth, NH, en route Cincinnati, OH, on Air Force Two

5:45 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Cincinnati, OH, on Air Force Two | Cincinnati Municipal Airport – Lunken Field​

6:05 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a Make America Great Again! Event | Cincinnati Municipal Airport – Lunken Field​​

7:55 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Cincinnati, OH, en route Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two

9:10 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two

Recap of Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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

The White House

  • Bills Signed Into Law:
    • R. 4779, which extends to September 30, 2027, the Undertaking Spam, Spyware, and Fraud Enforcement with Enforcers beyond Borders (U.S. SAFE WEB) Act of 2006, which authorizes the Federal Trade Commission to provide assistance to foreign law enforcement agencies investigating fraudulent or deceptive commercial practices;
    • 294, the “Native American Business Incubators Program Act,” which establishes a business incubators grant program within the Department of the Interior to promote economic development in Indian reservation communities; and
    • 832, which nullifies the Supplemental Treaty Between the United States and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of Middle Oregon.
  • Signing Statement by the President (re: S. 832)
  • Bills Signed Into Law:
    • R. 1812, the “Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act,” which extends Vet Center readjustment counseling and related mental health services to additional individuals;
    • R. 2372, the “Veterans’ Care Quality Transparency Act,” which requires the Government Accountability Office to conduct an assessment of certain VA suicide prevention and mental health service activities;
    • R. 6168, the “Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2020,” which provides for a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for veterans’ disability compensation and dependency and indemnity compensation beneficiaries equal to the Social Security COLA; and
    • 1321, the “Defending the Integrity of Voting Systems Act,” which expands the definition of a protected computer, for the purposes of computer fraud and abuse offenses, to include a computer that is part of a voting system.
  • Fact Sheet: The Trump Administration Is Committed to Combating Human Trafficking and Protecting The Innocent
  • Text of a Letter from the President to Certain Congressional Committees (re: transmittal of the annual report on the Legal and Policy Frameworks Guiding the United States’ Use of Military Force and Related National Security Operations)

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Speech: Esper’s Allies and Partners Remarks at Atlantic Council
  • Readout of Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper’s Phone Call With U.K. Secretary of State for Defense Ben Wallace
  • Article: Esper Details Approach for Strengthening Alliances, Partnerships
  • Press Release: DOD Approves $87 Million for Newest Bioindustrial Manufacturing Innovation Institute
  • Contracts for October 20, 2020

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Wednesday, October 21
  • October 20: Joint Statement of the U.S.-Saudi Arabia Strategic Dialogue
  • October 20: Remarks | At the Virtual Launch of the Inaugural U.S.-UAE Strategic Dialogue
  • October 20: Advisory | Deputy Secretary of State Biegun to Co-Host Conference on Sustaining Support for the Rohingya Refugee Response (Oct. 22)
  • October 20: Readout | Special Envoy Pham Participates in Ministerial Roundtable for the Central Sahel
  • October 20: Statement | U.S. Nominates Christopher Liddell for OECD Secretary General
  • October 20: Statement | Progress on New START
  • October 20: Statement | The Department of State Dedicates the New U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik, Iceland

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Readout: USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick’s Meeting with the Government of Finland
  • Press Release: USAID Provides Immediate Assistance in Response to Widespread Flooding in Vietnam and Cambodia
  • Press Release: Driving Positive Change: USAID’s 2020 Awards for Digital Development
  • Advisory: USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa to Deliver Remarks on the Venezuela Regional Crisis (Oct. 21)

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at a UN Security Council High-Level Debate on a Comprehensive Review of the Situation in the Persian Gulf Region (via VTC)
  • Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue on the Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief (via VTC)

Department of the Treasury

  • Press Release: Settlement Agreement between the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Statement of the Attorney General on the Announcement Of Civil Antitrust Lawsuit Filed Against Google
  • Press Release: Justice Department Sues Monopolist Google For Violating Antitrust Laws
  • Speech: Introductory Remarks of Deputy Attorney General at Announcement of Civil Antitrust Lawsuit Filed Against Google
  • Speech: Attorney General William Barr Delivers Video Remarks for the Virtual National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation
  • Press Release: Justice Department Announces National Response Center and Offer to Bring Assistance to Minneapolis Police Department to Support Law Enforcement and Safe Communities Through Fair Policing
  • Press Release: The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security Publish Final Rule to Restrict Certain Criminal Aliens’ Eligibility for Asylum
  • Press Release: Al Qaeda-Trained Jihadist Who Recruited Other Inmates to Join ISIS Sentenced to 300 Months
  • Press Release: Five Alleged MS-13 Members Charged Federally for Their Participation in a Violent Racketeering Conspiracy Including Eight Murders and Four Attempted Murders
  • Press Release: Elliott Broidy Pleads Guilty for Back-Channel Lobbying Campaign to Drop 1MDB Investigation and Remove a Chinese Foreign National
  • Press Release: Pennsylvania Biofuel Company and Owners Sentenced on Environmental and Tax Crime Convictions Arising out of Renewable Fuels Fraud
  • Press Release: Department of Justice Issues Annual Report to Congress on its Work to Combat Elder Fraud and Abuse
  • Press Release: Prison Official Charged with Accepting Bribes and Smuggling Contraband into Correctional Institution
  • Press Release: Six Defendants Charged in Scheme to Defraud Student Loan Programs of More Than $12 Million.
  • Press Release: San Antonio Return Preparer Pleads Guilty in Tax Fraud Scheme
  • Press Release: New York Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to File False Returns
  • Press Release: Owner of Queens Acupuncture Business Pleads Guilty to Aiding and Assisting the Preparation of a False Tax Return

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

  • Remarks as Prepared by Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Announcing New Center for Countering Human Trafficking
  • Press Release: DHS Launches New Center for Countering Human Trafficking
  • Statement from CISA Director Krebs on Security and Resilience of 2020 Elections
  • Press Release: CBP Issues First Forced Labor Finding Since 1996 (Washington, D.C.)
  • Press Release: CBP Ports of Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware are among the Busiest Agriculture Inspection Ports in the U.S.
  • Press Release: Manslaughter Suspect Taken into Custody at San Ysidro Port of Entry (California)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Agents, Mexican Authorities Seize Methamphetamine on Both Sides of the Border (California)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Arrests Rapist, Child Sex-Offender (Arizona)
  • Press Release: Rio Grande City Agents Arrest Two Sex Offenders (Texas)
  • Press Release: RGV Agents Disrupt Five Human Smuggling Attempts in 48 Hours (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP’s Simplified Arrival Lands at DFW (Texas)
  • Press Release: Del Rio Experiences Increase in Haitian Immigration (Texas)
  • Press Release: $10.6M Seized by CBP Officers in Chicago During FY20 (Illinois)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Agents Arrest Illegal Alien Wanted for Rape by Instrumentation and Sexual Battery (New York)
  • Press Release: CBP Intercepts Ancient Stone Sculptures at Miami International Airport (Florida)
  • Press Release: Despite COVID-19 Risks, a Dangerous Increase in the Number of Migrants Venturing in “Yolas” to Puerto Rico

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: Vermilion Parish Drive-Thru Disaster Recovery Center Will Reopen for Hurricanes Delta and Laura Survivors (Louisiana)
  • Press Release: Sonoma County Homeowners Receive $1.2M FEMA Grant to Protect Against Flooding (California)
  • Press Release: More Than $1 Million in Federal Assistance Approved for Puerto Rico Isaías Survivors (Puerto Rico)
  • Press Release: FEMA Provides $6.3 Million to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (Illinois)
  • Press Release: FEMA Deadline to Register for Laura Help One Week Away (Alabama)

Department of Commerce

  • Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the U.S.-UAE Strategic Dialogue

US International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release: Dumped Glass Containers from China Do Not Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

  • Press Release: U.S., Israel, UAE Announce Establishment of Abraham Fund Following Accords Commitment

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release: EXIM Signs $1 Billion Memorandum of Understanding with Brazil Ministry of Economy in Ceremony with President Bolsonaro of Brazil and U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien
  • Readout from EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed’s Meeting with Brazilian Development Bank President Gustavo Montezano

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release: Trump Administration Invests $3 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Minnesota

Department of Energy

  • Press Release: Department of Energy and NASA Sign Memorandum of Understanding
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Energy to Hold Sixth CyberForce Competition™

Department of Education

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Education Uncovers Vast Underreporting of Foreign Gifts and Contracts by Higher Education Institutions

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: OCR Resolves Religious Discrimination Complaints after Maryland and Virginia Hospitals Ensure Patients Can Receive Safe Religious Visitations During COVID-19

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | Daily Roundup October 20, 2020

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Synopsis of President Trump’s Tweets

  • October 21: “Remember, BIDEN is going to raise your taxes at a level never seen before. This will not only be very costly for you, it will destroy our economy, which is coming back very rapidly.”
  • October 21: “Great interview Eric!”  Retweet:  ERIC BOLLING @ericbolling · 12h · Not sure what all the fuss was about today with @60Minutes and @realDonaldTrump .. He seemed perfectly fine at my TownHall- taped just minutes after he finished with @cbs.   Judge for yourselves-> [Video]
  • October 21: “Happening all over USA. No wonder California is never in play for Republicans. Rigged Election!”  Retweet:  One America News @OANN · 16h · Reports claim 440K questionable ballots sent to deceased or inactive voters in Calif. –  #OANN
  • October 21: “Vote Trump to save your Second Amendment, Virginia!”  Retweet:  WTKR News 3 @WTKR3 · Oct 19 · #VirginiaBeach opens new early-voting, in-person polling locations
  • October 21: “WSJ Editorial Board: Joe Biden Must Answer Questions About Hunter Biden and China  via @BreitbartNews  Joe Biden is a totally corrupt politician, and got caught. At least now he won’t be able to raise your Taxes – Biggest increase in U.S. history!”
  • October 21: “Biden Sought ‘Grand Bargain’ to Reduce Deficit Through Cuts to Social Security  via @BreitbartNews  Joe Biden pushed hard to CUT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY. If elected, he will do it again. I won’t, never!!!”
  • October 20: “I am pleased to inform you that, for the sake of accuracy in reporting, I am considering posting my interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes, PRIOR TO AIRTIME! This will be done so that everybody can get a glimpse of what a FAKE and BIASED interview is all about…”
  • October 20: “…Everyone should compare this terrible Electoral Intrusion with the recent interviews of Sleepy Joe Biden!”
  • October 20: “Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes not wearing a mask in the White House after her interview with me. Much more to come.”  [Video]
  • October 20: “WISCONSIN! Early voting is now underway—let’s #MAGA!”