Trump to announce new action at census news conference


Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma look on as President Donald Trump speaks during an event on kidney health at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expected to announce new executive action Thursday during a news conference on the 2020 census and his push to include a citizenship question.

Trump tweeted Thursday morning that he planned “a News Conference on the Census and Citizenship” after a White House Social Media Summit.

A senior administrator official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to preview the plans, said the president would be announcing new action, but the official did not elaborate.

Trump said last week that he was “very seriously” considering executive action to try to force the question’s inclusion, and that it was among four or five options he’d been weighing.

“It’s one of the ways that we’re thinking about doing it, very seriously,” he said, despite the fact that the government has already begun the process of printing the census questionnaire without the question.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said in an interview on Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends” Thursday morning that he’s expecting Trump to announce an executive order, and said he thinks “it’s a good move.”

An executive order would not, by itself, override court rulings blocking the question. But such a move could give administration lawyers a new basis to try to convince federal courts the question could be included.

Trump’s administration has faced numerous roadblocks to adding the question, including a Supreme Court ruling temporarily barring its inclusion . A second federal judge on Wednesday rejected the Justice Department’s plan to switch up the legal team fighting the …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News

      

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