Trump tweets cryptic message on citizenship question after census goes to printing

President Donald Trump took to social media late Monday to say it’s “a very sad time for America” when the U.S. Census Bureau is prevented from asking a person if they are a citizen of this country.

The tweet comes after a Justice Department lawyer said the decision was made to start printing the census questionnaire without the citizenship question included.

But Trump’s message was somewhat cryptic in that the president said he asked the Commerce and Justice Departments “to do whatever is necessary to bring this most vital of questions, and this very important case, to a successful conclusion.”

“A very sad time for America when the Supreme Court of the United States won’t allow a question of  ‘Is this person a Citizen of the United States?’ to be asked on the #2020 Census! Going on for a long time. I have asked the Department of Commerce and the Department of Justice to do whatever is necessary to bring this most vital of questions, and this very important case, to a successful conclusion. USA! USA! USA!” tweeted the president.

The Supreme Court temporarily blocked the citizenship question on the 2020 census form last week, saying the Trump administration apparently concealed its true reason for adding the query.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who sided with the four liberal justices on the court, wrote the Court’s opinion,

“It is rare to review a record as extensive as the one before us when evaluating informal agency action — and it should be,” Roberts said. “But having done so for the sufficient reasons we have explained, we cannot ignore the disconnect between the decision made and the explanation given. Our review is deferential, but we are not required to exhibit a naiveté from which ordinary citizens are free.”

A more developed explanation for the citizenship question would have to be presented to the courts to gain approval.

With the clock running out, The Hill reported Tuesday on an email from Department of Justice attorney Kate Bailey sent to groups challenging the question.

“We can confirm that the decision has been made to print the 2020 Decennial Census questionnaire without a citizenship question and that the printer has been instructed to begin the printing process,” Bailey wrote.

To show how political the challenge to the citizenship question is, former Obama White House lawyer Daniel Jacobson was quick to celebrate what appeared to be a concession.

“HUGE CENSUS NEWS — the Government just advised that the decision has been made to print the census questionnaire WITHOUT the citizenship question. We won,” Jacobson tweeted, including a copy of the email.

The left is eager for illegal immigrants to be counted in the 2020 census, as it will be useful for apportioning more congressional districts in Democratic strongholds and help secure more federal funding — seems sanctuary policies pay off after all.

Trump said he may consider delaying the census in a tweet following the Supreme Court ruling, which he called “totally ridiculous,” to give the administration time to respond to the court’s concerns.

All of which adds a little mystery to Tuesday’s tweet, where Trump said he requested that the departments involved to ” do whatever is necessary” to bring this important case, “to a successful conclusion.”

Success, in the eyes of the administration, would be the inclusion of the citizenship question.

In fact, Trump went so far as to say the claims of victory are premature in a tweet Wednesday morning.

“The News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE! We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question,” the president tweeted.


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