One official said that the action should answer the citizenship question that caught his attention. Trump tweeted Thursday morning that he would hold a press conference in the Rose Garden in the afternoons on "the census and citizenship".
One type of direct action by Trump has been one of the ways the administration has explored the issue of the Decennial Population Survey following the June Supreme Court ruling. But any action by the president will likely be challenged in court.
As a result of the Supreme Court's decision, the Trump administration had initially announced that printing would continue without question. Government prosecutors had argued in court that the printing process – with or without the question – was to begin on July 1.
It was not clear right away how the administration would implement the addition of the question to the census forms and the cost of the move. It could, for example, reprint printed forms without the question or print an extra page.
A Census Bureau official said during a test last year that the form could be finalized after June and until October, but only if "exceptional resources" were provided. He did not specify a number.