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Trump Hints at Big Move on Census Question

Reports predict president will announce executive action Thursday afternoon
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2019 11:05 AM CDT
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President Trump is seen after speaking at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in Washington on June 26, 2019.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – If a slew of reports are correct, President Trump is about to make an aggressive move to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. But for now, the only thing known for certain is that Trump plans to talk about the issue at an afternoon news conference—and there's no confirmation about exactly what he'll say. In the meantime, several major outlets—including the Wall Street Journal, CBS News, and USA Today—are quoting anonymous White House officials who say Trump will announce an "executive action" to add the question. That could mean an executive order or some kind of lesser presidential action, per the Washington Post.

Trump's legal team has been wrangling with how they might add the question ever since the Supreme Court shot down the idea at least temporarily, and Trump himself has said he's been considering an executive order. In a morning tweet, Trump said he would speak in the Rose Garden about "Census and Citizenship" after a White House summit on social media wraps up. The deadline for the printing of census questionnaires to begin already has come and gone, and the president has floated the possibility of printing an addendum. Any move to add the question is expected to face immediate legal challenges, and Trump has said the addendum could be ready to go "after we get a positive decision." (Read more US Census stories.)

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