Trump announces news conference on census as he weighs executive action on citizenship question

Trump announces news conference on census as he weighs executive action on citizenship question
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE on Thursday said he will hold a news conference in the afternoon on the census as he is expected to issue an executive order to require the addition of a citizenship question despite a Supreme Court ruling blocking the effort.

Trump teased in a tweet that he would follow a White House–hosted social media summit with a news conference "on the Census and Citizenship" in the Rose Garden. The local forecast for later in the day includes thunderstorms. 

 

Trump has hinted in recent days that he may use an executive order to include a question about citizenship on the census. NBC News reported Thursday morning that the president is expected to issue the order later in the day.

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"They're spending 15 to 20 billion dollars on a census," Trump told reporters on Sunday. "They're asking everything except, 'Are you a citizen of the United States?' How ridiculous is that? So we are moving forward. We have a couple of avenues."

Should Trump issue an executive order, it is likely to be met with another round of legal challenges.

The president's efforts to put the question on the census have been rebuffed by court rulings after the Supreme Court ruled last month that the Trump administration did not give an adequate reason for adding the inquiry to the decennial survey.

Two separate federal judges have ruled in recent days that the Department of Justice cannot change lawyers as it seeks to appeal the case.