Trump contradicts own admin, says he is ‘absolutely moving forward’ with census citizenship question

Trump contradicts own admin, says he is ‘absolutely moving forward’ with census citizenship question
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[Ed. – It would be nice if these conflicting reports didn’t keep coming out of the White House.]

President Donald Trump on Wednesday branded as “FAKE” news reports that his administration was dropping plans to ask people if they are U.S. citizens on the 2020 census — despite officials in his own administration having said a day before that the question will not be asked.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and a Justice Department lawyer had both said Tuesday that the Census Bureau is in the process of printing the census questionnaire without the citizenship question.

Their statements came five days after a Supreme Court decisionthat effectively blocked the question being added to the 2020 census questionnaire.

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The high court ordered the case challenging the question to be reconsidered by a lower court, leaving the Commerce Department with little or no time to have the dispute settled legally before this past Monday’s deadline for printing the questionnaires.

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