President Trump insisted on Friday that he did not reverse his crusade to get an American citizenship question in the US Census next year
He seemed to run away from the idea on Thursday and said that instead he would order all his government agencies to collect the information in other ways.
But on Friday he told reporters about the south of the White House: & I not only did not fall back, but also made a backup. Because someone else gave up long ago. & # 39;
He also urged that Trade Minister Wilbur Ross not let him down by failing his census effort in the Supreme Court.
& # 39; I think we have it in the end, where it is actually more accurate than a count, & # 39; he said. & # 39; Because we have obtained information in a different way, whether you look at social security or other places, we have, including loan applications. & # 39;
& # 39; We have information that is probably more accurate than the information we can get by going inside and asking someone: & # 39; Are you a citizen? & # 39; Many people are not going to tell the truth. & # 39;
President Donald Trump said about the South Lawn of the White House that he did not really shy away from a citizenship issue, even though it seemed the day before.
A shattering of reporters shouted questions to Trump at the departing labor minister Alex Acosta, who announced his resignation
Pens were available at an event for community activists and local government leaders to mark the one-year launch of the 2020 Census efforts on April 1
His decision is in line with a Supreme Court ruling that blocked the citizenship concept from census questionnaires, at least long enough to be approved late.
& # 39; The problem is that we had three very unfriendly courts. They were judges who were not really in love with this whole thing, and they were wrong. But it would have taken a long time to get through those courts. … it would have taken a long time [to go back] to the Supreme Court, & he said Friday.
A day earlier in the Rose Garden, Trump stated that & # 39; we do not fall back on our efforts to determine the citizenship status of the people of the United States. & # 39;
The text of the order was not immediately disclosed, but Trump said it would take new steps to ensure that citizenship is counted so that we know how many citizens we have in the United States & # 39; with a view to the allocation of assistance and the redrawing of congress districts.
& # 39; It is essential that we have a clear overview of the number of citizens and non-citizens, Trump said, adding that the & # 39; necessary & # 39; and & # 39; is vital for the formulation of a sound public policy & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We must have a reliable count of how many citizens, non-citizens and illegal aliens are in our country & he said. & # 39; We do not leave any substance unturned. & # 39;
President Trump gave up his claim for the 2020 census to ask whether people are citizens, in accordance with a Supreme Court ruling blocking the question.
Trump claimed that & # 39; the Supreme Court ultimately upheld our right & # 39; to ask the question, but it & # 39; more lawsuits and significant time delays & # 39; would need to get permission from the court.
These delays would have caused a delay in the census. & # 39; It's very regrettable, but it won't stop us, & # 39; he said.
Attorney General William Barr said: & # 39; There is simply no way to litigate these issues & # 39; and beats different orders in time for the count.
& # 39; As the Supreme Court acknowledges, it would be perfectly permissible for the federal government to ask at the census whether persons are US citizens. It is very reasonable to want to know how many citizens and non-citizens there are in the United States, & he said.
Instead, he said the court ruled that the Ministry of Commerce had not adequately explained his decision & # 39; to breathe new life into the question in the next census.
& # 39; We cannot complete the process in time to complete the count and get timely relief from the current commandments to implement a new decision without compromising our ability to perform the count ourselves , what we are not going to do, & # 39; he said.
He added: & # 39; So, as a practical matter, the decision of the Supreme Court closed all paths to add the question to the 2020 decennial census. Simply put, the barrier was logistics, not legal. We cannot complete the process on time to perform the count, including appeals. & # 39;
Barr denied that the administration ever thought of using executive fiat to place the question in the census, despite the High Court ruling.
& # 39; This has never been considered & # 39 ;, he argued, disputing weeks of & # 39; hysterical & # 39; reporting on the subject. & # 39; This is based on rank speculation and nothing more. It is clear that this has never been considered. We have always accepted that a new decision to add a citizenship question to the census is subject to judicial review. & # 39;
At a social media summit beforehand, Trump complained that the judges prevented him from asking a question that had taken place in earlier counts.
& # 39; Can you believe, are you a citizen of the United States of America? Sir, you can't ask that question. Why? Because a court said you couldn't do that, & he mimicked.
Returning to the topic later, he told his guests that they were welcome to join him at the event. & # 39; You can really come if you want. You can come to the large rose garden. You can stand in the rain with me if you want, & he said.
He teased the comments he said he came up with a & # 39; solution that will be very good for many people. Very good. & # 39;
President Trump will give up his claim for the 2020 census to ask if people are citizens in a step he announces Thursday
Sources said until Thursday morning that Trump was looking at executive action to force demand in the American Census.
But hours before the event began, news stores reported that Trump would announce that he would take a different approach – a total surrender after days of escalating rhetoric that he would continue to fight.
The White House officially declined to comment on Trump's order at 5 p.m. notes while speculation continues in the building.
Trump had previously said that he could issue an execution order to record the question – and insisted that the court never said he could not record the question.
The once-every-decade questionnaire is used to allocate congress districts and federal aid, which means it is crucial for the future control of the House of Representatives.
Democrats say that citizenship questions discourage non-citizens from asking, pushing the number of people down in areas that lean their way and giving Republicans an advantage on Congress cards.
A light rain in Washington later forced the White House to admit that the event could take place indoors in the East Room. The forecast for the 5 pm event was a 70 percent chance of rain
The president said in a morning tweet that he would hold a press conference on the subject in the Rose Garden on Thursday afternoon.
& # 39; The White House is organizing a very large and very important Social Media Summit today, & # 39; he said. & # 39; Finally, we will all go to the beautiful Rose Garden for a news conference on the census and citizenship. & # 39;
A light rain in Washington later forced the White House to admit that the event could take place indoors in the East Room. The forecast for the 5 pm event was a 70 percent chance of rain.
But Trump refused, and gathered conservative social media influencers and regular White House press in the Rose Garden for an event.
White House officials were unable to say all day exactly what was in the order that Trump expects to sign, as he welcomes more than a hundred conservatives into the social media summit building.
Larry Kudlow, the chief economic adviser to the president, declined to comment when DailyMail.com saw him in the driveway after a TV appearance. He said he doesn't know & # 39; much & # 39; about the executive action.
Democratic leader of the Senate Chuck Schumer said after the president's remarks that the new attempt to count the number of US citizens & # 39; ham-handed & # 39; was and just as & # 39; misled & # 39; as his original attempt.
& # 39; President Trump is so focused on intimidating color communities that even if the court and the rule of law thwart him, he is still trying to maintain his stubborn way. The president's withdrawal from adding the misplaced civilian issue to the census should have happened much earlier and is an important victory for democracy and fair representation. Every person must be counted and no one should be intimidated by the president and his erratic behavior, & he said.
Landlord Nancy Pelosi had been skeptical at a Thursday skeptic's conference that Trump could go around a Supreme Court ruling excluding the inclusion of the question even if the White House suggested he try it.
She said the House would vote next week on a resolution of criminal contempt Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who attended the event on Thursday but did not speak, so that it could enforce a summons to testify and find out the facts.
& # 39; Well, I don't know. There is an order that he must simply overcome. It is a prohibition to put citizenship on the vote. We have printed the censuses. June 30 was the deadline. So we are printing the forms, & she said.
Pelosi told Capitol Hill reporters: & We confidently expect the census to improve. The President's attempt to ask the citizenship question about the census will still be challenged in court.
& # 39; The Supreme Court overturned the administration's argument that the question was needed to support the voting rights law – including their reasoning was based on an artificial excuse & # 39 ;, she said. & # 39; Next week, the House will vote on a resolution of criminal contempt for Attorney General Barr and Wilbur Ross so that we can enforce the summonses and find out the facts. & # 39;
Schumer had a tirade on the subject written in Trump on the room floor in response to reports that the president intended to ignore the Supreme Court.
& # 39; That is outrageous. The content is huge. And it is outrageous because this president has so little respect for the rule of law, he thinks he can just give executable orders and go through the congress, bypass the established law and try to bully the courts. I believe he will be thwarted by the courts, & he said.
Schumer said that Trump is destroying the rule of law and the values that make this country great. He warned that Trump's actions are reminiscent of coups by early-stage dictators who were originally elected to office and later took over their governments.
& # 39; It is nothing more – the action of the president – than to grab a naked political power, that is one of the few things he is good at as a president. And it shows once again how little the President has respect for our democracy, & he argued. & # 39; This is what dictators do in banana republics: they try to change the rules to consolidate political power, regardless of what their constitutions, the rule of law, say. & # 39;
Conservatives support Trump in his attempt to ask every household in America if his inhabitants are citizens of the country, if he can find a way to get ahead.
The House Freedom Caucus, a group of the most conservative legislators in Congress, said it supported its bid to find a legal route for the proposition.
& # 39; This is a critical problem and a common sense proposal, supported by a large majority of Americans. We would like to know how many American citizens live in America, & the group said.
Question critics feared that it would suppress the responses of people living illegally in the United States, including large numbers of migrants from Central America, to respond to the survey used to determine the size of the entire population.
The Supreme Court blocked the inclusion of the question in the 2020 survey after it ruled that the Trump administration had not given an adequate explanation for the inclusion of the question.
Department of Justice attorneys then submitted motions to pull their arguments in cases across the country.
Ross then said: & # 39; Census Bureau has started printing the ten-year questionnaires without the question. & # 39;
But Trump said in a tweet that the action was wrong. & # 39; The news reports about the Ministry of Commerce that halts its search for the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to put it another way, FAKE! & # 39; he said.
& # 39; We are definitely moving forward as we should, & # 39; he claimed.
DOJ then reversed its course. & # 39; We at the Ministry of Justice have been instructed to investigate whether there is a path forward that is consistent with the Supreme Court decision that would allow us to place the citizenship question about the census, & # 39; DOJ lawyer Jody Hunt debated in court.
Landlord Nancy Pelosi said President Donald Trump wants to add a citizenship question to next year's census because he & # 39; wants to whitewash America again & # 39; during a press conference in San Francisco on Monday
Fake news? Trump had claimed that he would continue his crusade to raise the issue of citizenship, but in fact he surrendered
The president flew on Tuesday on Twitter about the Supreme Court decision on the 2020 census, along with other statements made by the nine dressed judges.
Ultimately, the president backed up and instead broken data sharing walls between federal agencies so that they could share data with each other about the status of applicants for help.
& # 39; It will be much more accurate, we think, & # 39; Trump said about his new accounting method.
Pelosi said Monday that everyone should complete the census form. Federal representation and dollars will be pushed away from the communities where they live if they don't answer the question.
& # 39; This is about & # 39; make America white again & # 39;, & # 39; said Pelosi. & # 39; They want to make sure that certain people are counted. It is really disgraceful and it is not what our founders had in mind. & # 39;
The Californian democrat said, "And what they want to do is give a cooling effect, so certain populations won't answer the form." They will not respond. And we say they don't get that victory. & # 39;
& # 39; You must answer. Because they win differently, & she said at a press conference.
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