President Donald Trump is expected to announce that he will use executive action to ensure that the 2020 census includes a citizenship question, according to The New York Post.
The president is holding a news conference on Thursday afternoon at the White House, which is where he will likely drop his bombshell announcement. Trump tweeted early on Thursday that he would address the controversial issue:
“The White House will be hosting a very big and very important Social Media Summit today. Would I have become President without Social Media?,” Trump said on Twitter. “Yes (probably)! At its conclusion, we will all go to the beautiful Rose Garden for a News Conference on the Census and Citizenship.”
The White House will be hosting a very big and very important Social Media Summit today. Would I have become President without Social Media? Yes (probably)! At its conclusion, we will all go to the beautiful Rose Garden for a News Conference on the Census and Citizenship.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2019
According to the Post, the White House also updated its schedule to add a line about the president “delivers remarks on citizenship and the census” at 5 p.m.
The president has already broached the possibility of using his privilege to deal with the question, saying last Friday, “We’ll see what happens.” “We could also add an addition on. So we could start the printing now and maybe do an addendum after we get a positive decision. So we’re working on a lot of things, including an executive order. ”
Attorney General William Barr said just days ago that he has been working closely with the president on the issue:
“I agree with him that the Supreme Court decision was wrong,” said Barr. He said he believes there is “an opportunity potentially to cure the lack of clarity that was the problem and we might as well take a shot at doing that.”
As the administration deals with their side of the potentially controversial addition, the Justice Department has reportedly made changes in its legal team that oversees this matter:
“Since these cases began, the lawyers representing the United States in these cases have given countless hours to defending the Commerce Department and have consistently demonstrated the highest professionalism, integrity, and skill inside and outside the courtroom,” department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement according to the AP.