President Donald Trump is expected to announce Thursday that he is taking executive action to add a citizenship issue to the census, according to an administrative official.
Trump tweeted that he would hold a press conference in the afternoon to discuss his recent efforts to include the citizenship issue in the census.
"The White House will hold a very large and very important Social Media Summit today," Trump tweeted . "Would I have become president without social media? Yes (probably)! In the end, we will all go to the beautiful rose garden to hold a census and citizenship press conference."
NBC News confirmed this at the press conference It is expected that the president will announce his executive action to add the question.
Last week, Trump told reporters on the White House turf when asked if he would issue an executive order: "We're thinking about doing that." 1
The press conference scheduled for Thursday took place when two federal judges refused to allow the Department of Justice lawyers to withdraw from the lawsuit because of the Trump government's plans to put the citizenship issue on the census form for 2020.
The administration is currently printing census forms without question, after the Supreme Court ruled late last month that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had not provided them with a reasonable reason why the question was necessary.
Opponents have said the issue is an attempt to reduce the number of responses in immigrant communities and reduce their power.
The Press Conference Closes Another Event This has attracted considerable attention over the past few days, the President's planned social media summit. Trump will house some right-wing Internet personalities to "share how they were affected by Internet prejudice," as Republicans have mothballed social media companies because of what they perceive is unfair censorship of their views on the Internet.
Trump continued an extensive tweet storm on Thursday, eclipsing the event.
"A big issue at today's White House Social Media Summit will be the enormous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and oppression practiced by certain companies," he wrote. "We will not let them go any longer, the fake news media will be there too, but for a limited time."