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.

THE PRESIDENT has no public events scheduled.

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

2:00 p.m. EDT | THE VICE PRESIDENT leads a conference call with the U.S. Cruise Industry | The Vice President’s Residence

Recap of Thursday, October 8, 2020

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

The White House

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Readout of Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper’s Meeting With Romanian Defense Minister Nicolae-lonel Ciucă
  • Remarks by Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper and Romanian Defense Minister Nicolae Ciucă
  • Article: U.S., Romania Chart 10-Year Road Map for Military Cooperation
  • Press Release: DOD Announces $600 Million for 5G Experimentation, Testing at 5 Installations
  • Press Release: DOD Issues New Data Strategy
  • Publication: DOD Data Strategy
  • Press Release: U.S., Tunisian Defense Delegations Conduct Discussion of Defense Cooperation
  • Contracts for October 8, 2020

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Friday, October 9
  • October 8: Statement | Attack on a UN World Food Program Convoy in South Sudan
  • October 8: Statement | Uganda’s Independence Day

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Press Release: USAID Launches Innovative Program to Counter Disinformation In Georgia

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Advisory: The United States, Peru, and Sierra Leone Missions to the UN to Host Virtual Discussion on the 20th Anniversary of the Palermo Protocol (Oct. 9)
  • Remarks at an Interactive Dialogue with Claudia Mahler, Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights by Older Persons, A.I. 72(b) (via VTC)
  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Mali

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI)

  • Press Release: A Conversation with National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Director | Chris Miller

Department of the Treasury

  • Press Release: SBA and Treasury Announce Simpler PPP Forgiveness for Loans of $50,000 or Less
  • Sanctions: Treasury Sanctions Eighteen Major Iranian Banks

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: SEC Charges Seismic Data Company, Former Executives With $100 Million Accounting Fraud

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: Attorney General William P. Barr Announces Publication of Cryptocurrency Enforcement Framework
  • Speech: Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim Delivers Remarks at the 47th Annual Conference on International Antitrust Law and Policy and Antitrust Economics Workshops
  • Press Release: Department of Justice Revises Policy Governing Grants Associated with Foreign-Made Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Press Release: Six Arrested on Federal Charge of Conspiracy to Kidnap the Governor of Michigan
  • Press Release: Justice Department Sues Yale University for Illegal Discrimination Practices in Undergraduate Admissions
  • Press Release: New York Donut Shop Operators Indicted for Tax Evasion

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

  • Press Release: Law Enforcement Partnerships Ruin Smugglers’ Day (Arizona)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Agents Seize Nearly $1 Million Worth Of Narcotics (New Mexico)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers Seize $838,481 in Unreported Currency at the Roma Port of Entry (Texas)
  • Press Release: Marijuana Smuggler Foolishly Drives Vehicle into the Rio Grande River (Texas)
  • Press Release: Philadelphia CBP Seizes Ketamine Concealed in Picture Frames from the Netherlands (Pennsylvania)
  • Press Release: Dulles CBP Officers Seize nearly $44,000 in Unreported Currency from Ethiopia-bound Traveler (Virginia)
  • Press Release: CBP Officer, Simplified Arrival Nab Impostor to Senegal Passport, US Travel Visa at Dulles Airport (Virginia)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: FEMA Prepares for Hurricane Delta (Washington, D.C.)
  • Press Release: President Donald J. Trump Approves Emergency Declaration for Mississippi
  • Press Release: President Donald J. Trump Approves Emergency Disaster Declaration for Louisiana
  • Press Release: 8,000 Louisiana Flood Insurance Policies Expired, But Able to Renew and Be Covered for Claims. Call Your Agent.
  • Press Release: Registration Deadline Extended 14 Days for Iowa Survivors
  • Press Release: Mobile Registration Intake Center Open in Livermore (California)
  • Press Release: FEMA Mobile Registration Intake Center Closing Oct. 10 in Sonoma County (California)

Department of Commerce

  • Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the Rio Tinto Resolution Copper Site Visit Roundtable in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Affirmative Preliminary Antidumping Duty Determinations on Common Alloy Aluminum Sheet From 18 Countries
  • Blog: How the U.S. Department of Commerce Serves American Businesses at Home and Abroad

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release: EXIM Chairman Reed Addresses White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
  • Press Release: Chairman Reed Announces All America Initiative Partnership with the National Association of State Chambers of Commerce During Keynote Remarks to The Economic Club of Florida
  • Press Release: EXIM Chairman Reed Underscores EXIM’s Role in Supporting U.S. Nuclear Energy Industry in the International Marketplace, Highlighting Opportunities for Civil Nuclear Cooperation Between the United States and Japan

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release: USDA Encourages Ag Producers, Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Delta
  • Press Release: Trump Administration Invests Up To $100 Million to Increase American Biofuel Sales
  • Press Release: USDA Awards $10 Million to Move SNAP Participants Forward
  • Press Release: Trump Administration Invests Nearly $17 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Tennessee
  • Press Release: Trump Administration Invests $3 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Wisconsin

Department of Interior

  • ICYMI: ‘Made in America’ starts with Minnesota mining | October 7, 2020

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report
  • Press Release: U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia Highlights Workforce Development And Economic Recovery During Visit to Miami, Florida
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds New Hampshire Restaurants Violated Federal Wage and Child Labor Law

Department of Education

  • Readout of the White House Conference Call with African American Leaders on School Choice Now with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Senator Tim Scott

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | Daily Roundup October 8, 2020
  • Press Release: FDA awards six grants to fund new clinical trials to advance the development of medical products for the treatment of rare diseases
  • Press Release: FDA Reaffirms Commitment to Safety, Security of its Public Health Laboratories

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Synopsis of President Trump’s Tweets

  • October 9: “Hello!”  Retweet:  8News WRIC Richmond @8NEWS · Oct 7 · US postal worker in New Jersey arrested, accused of dumping mail and election ballots
  • October 8: “I will save your a Second Amendment, Virginia. He is going to take it away. Vote Trump!”  Retweet:  NBC12 WWBT Richmond @NBC12 · Oct 7 · “We work very hard in Virginia. We know that voting is the foundation of democracy. So I encourage everybody to vote.”
  • October 8: “Nick has my Complete and Total Endorsement. A warrior for Virginia and the USA! Big on protecting your Second Amendment!”  Retweet:  Nick Freitas @NickForVA US House candidate, VA-7 · Oct 6 · We need all hands on deck to flip #VA07. Text FREITAS to 484848 to join the fight and send Spanberger packing in November!
  • October 8: “The Gallup Poll has just come out with the incredible finding that 56% of you say that you are better off today, during a pandemic, than you were four years ago (OBiden). Highest number on record! Pretty amazing!”
  • October 8: “Governor Whitmer of Michigan has done a terrible job. She locked down her state for everyone, except her husband’s boating activities. The Federal Government provided tremendous help to the Great People of Michigan. My Justice Department and Federal Law Enforcement announced…”
  • October 8: “…today that they foiled a dangerous plot against the Governor of Michigan. Rather than say thank you, she calls me a White Supremacist—while Biden and Democrats refuse to condemn Antifa, Anarchists, Looters and Mobs that burn down Democrat run cities…”
  • October 8: “…I do not tolerate ANY extreme violence. Defending ALL Americans, even those who oppose and attack me, is what I will always do as your President! Governor Whitmer—open up your state, open up your schools, and open up your churches!”
  • October 8: “Biden is against Oil, Guns and Religion, a very bad combination to be fighting in the Great State of Texas. We are Winning Big, in the Real Polls, all over the Country!!! NOVEMBER 3rd. VOTE!!!”
  • October 8: “Also, they want to Raise Taxes Big and Obliterate your great Second Amendment!!!”  Retweet:  Christina Bobb @christina_bobb · 14h · Packing the court, invoking 25th Amendment, defunding police, closing schools and churches, shutting “non-essential businesses,” mandating masks….    Dems sure picked a winning platform. Face with rolling eyes. @realDonaldTrump should win in a landslide…in a fair election.
  • October 8: “I will be interviewed by @seanhannity  tonight at 9:00 P.M. @FoxNews  Enjoy!”
  • October 8: “Great honor to have the endorsement of the Governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vázquez Garced. As I have always said, Donald J. Trump is the best thing to ever happen to the people of Puerto Rico. The drug manufacturers are now coming back. Biden ended that program! @wandavazquezg”
  • October 8: “Looking forward to speaking with the Great Rush and guests!”  Retweet:  Jack Posobiec @JackPosobiec · 21h · BREAKING: President Trump to host the Rush Limbaugh Show tomorrow as a Virtual MAGA Rally
  • October 8: “Kamala Harris Lied Repeatedly and Got Away With It:” [Video]
  • October 8: “Crazy Nancy is the one who should be under observation. They don’t call her Crazy for nothing!”  Retweet:  samanthamarika @samanthamarika1 · 19h  Nancy Pelosi’s comment about the 25th amendment just tells you that the Democrats are already plotting to get Trump out once he wins…
  • October 8: “Joe Biden has no plan for Coronavirus – ALL TALK! He was a disaster in his handling of H1N1 Swine Flu. He didn’t have a clue, with his own Chief of Staff so saying. If he were in charge, perhaps 2.2 million people would have died from this much more lethal disease!”
  • October 8: “The Great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania would absolutely die without the jobs and dollars brought in by Fracking. Massive numbers! Now Biden & Harris, after Radical Left Dem Primaries, are trying to change their stance. Pennsylvania wants Energy and Second Amendment!”
  • October 8: “If a Republican LIED like Biden and Harris do, constantly, the Lamestream Media would be calling them out at a level never recorded before. For one year they called for No Fracking and big Tax Increases. Now they each say opposite. Fake News is working overtime!”
  • October 8: “Biden will Shutdown the Economy at the tip of a hat, raise your Taxes, knock out your Second Amendment and Defund, or close, your Police. The Suburbs would be next, get ready. Also, and incredibly, PACK THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT. This is not what the USA wants!!!  #MAGA”